With Christmas day rapidly approaching all thoughts will suddenly turn to the iconic Christmas tree. For many people the Christmas tree is the ultimate symbol of the holiday season and a lot of time and effort will go into making it look beautiful.
Whilst artificial trees are incredibly popular, nothing can beat the sight and smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree.
Every year our Plant Area is filled with hundreds of cut Christmas trees in assorted sizes. The majority of our cut trees are the beautiful Nordman fir. Renowned for its bushy shape and most importantly for its reputation for good needle retention the Nordman Fir is the most popular variety of Christmas tree in the country. In addition to the Nordman Fir we also stock Noble Fir, a beautifully scented fir tree with blue-green foliage that can appear silver from a distance.
In order to keep your Christmas tree looking healthy for as long as possible you will need to follow some simple care tips.
- 1. Once home, remove your tree from its net as soon as possible. (Keeping your tree netted will allow heat to build up and cause needles to drop) Keep your tree outside in a cool, sheltered spot for as long as possible, until you are ready to bring it indoors and decorate it.
- 2. Make a fresh cut at the base of the trunk, by removing a circle of wood about 13-25mm (0.5-1in) thick. This will help the tree absorb water, stay fresh and reduce needle drop.
- 3. Stand your tree in a specific stand with a water reservoir. Sawn off Christmas trees should be treated like a very large cut flower and they can easily drink a pint of water a day, so keep the reservoir topped up.
- 4. Keep your tree as cool as possible and away from sources of heat, such as radiators and open fires. The cooler you keep your tree, the longer it will last.
An alternative to a cut Christmas tree is one that is sold in a container. Sold as either potted or pot-grown, these trees will allow you the option to enjoy the same tree for several years and they can also be planted outside into your garden for a more permanent display.
If you choose to buy a container grown Christmas tree it is important to pay attention to their labelling and signage as there is a big difference between ‘potted’ or ‘pot-grown’ in terms of survival rate.
‘Potted’ Christmas trees have usually been grown in the ground and then dug up and potted up with few roots. They don’t generally last much longer than a well-cared for cut tree, and usually won’t establish in the garden afterwards unless you are lucky enough to have a tree with enough root system to survive.
Pot-grown Christmas trees have been grown in the pot and so are more likely to be successful for growing on from year to year as they can be treated like any other conifer. Trees in containers are thirsty plants, particularly once they are taken indoors for decoration. Ensure their compost is kept moist and remember to position a saucer underneath your pot otherwise water will go all over the floor when you give it a drink!
Here at Perrywood we offer a wide choice of potted or pot-grown Christmas trees in a number of varieties including Nordman Fir, Noble Fir, Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir, Ormorika Spruce and the traditional Norway Spruce.