How To Buy and Care For Your Christmas Tree This Festive Season

Did you know that eighty per cent of trees sold are Nordmann FIR and only a few green needles should fall off a healthy green tree?!  See what tips and advice British Christmas Tree Growers Association shared with us when searching for the perfect Christmas Tree.

Real Christmas tree decorated

Why buying from a BCTGA member is the best way to go.  Complying with a code of practice which allows Christmas trees to grow in the best environment and last the duration of the festivities, BCTGA said:   “Buying British means money is going directly back into the country’s economy and helping provide employment in the agricultural sector. It’s also good for the environment providing shelter for birds and wildlife while the trees are growing”

Artificial or real?…According to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association buying real will help protect the environment as most plastic trees are imported from China enlarging their carbon footprint and when it comes to popularity the Nordmann Fir tops lists.

Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree

Once you’ve decided on which type of tree you want for over the festive period it’s now time to try and judge which one will actually last and not just end up in a pile of needles on the floor breaking your hoover! You should look for a healthy green appearance with few browning needles. By running a branch through your hands you will be able to tell if the tree is healthy or not as the needles should be flexible and not fall off.

Sharing their tips on keeping your tree at it’s best, BCTGA says: “When the tree is brought indoors mount it in a water holding stand and place it away from direct heat such as a radiator, Keep the container topped up with water every day; you will be surprised how much the tree drinks!”

If all else fails this Christmas you can be rest assured it won’t be your Christmas tree.

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Real, Fake? – Nordmann Fir or Norway Spruce? What type of Christmas tree will you be buying this winter? Share your thoughts and comments below.

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