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How To Look After Your Real Christmas Tree


Will you be bringing home your first real Christmas tree this year? Or are you a seasoned veteran of acute needle loss?

Learn how to look after your real Christmas tree with our quick guide, for festive foliage that will last the distance!


Make A Clean Cut

It’s advisable to collect your tree from a local Christmas tree supplier as soon as possible after harvesting. Be careful not to damage or dirty the base of the tree and set it in water as soon as you get home.

If it’s been a while since your tree was cut, you can saw a few inches off from the base to reopen the pores and allow your tree to take up water again.


Choose The Right Stand For Your Tree

Just like your houseplants, your real Christmas tree likes to be well-watered and potted in an appropriate container. Be sure to choose a stand that’s big enough for your tree and avoid shaving down the trunk to fit a smaller pot as these outer pores absorb water most effectively. 

Christmas Tree in Car


Water Your Tree Regularly

Keep an eye on the water levels in your stand and top up regularly to ensure the base is always submerged.


Don’t Lose Your Cool

The colder you can keep its environment, the better your real Christmas tree’s chances of survival. Avoid placing your tree in direct sunlight or near heat sources such as radiators and fireplaces. This will help slow the drying process and reduce needle loss.


When It’s Time to Take Down The Decorations

Once the twelfth night arrives, it’s time to take down your tree for another year. If it’s looking lively you can try planting it in the garden, ready for using again next year or check out Our Favourite Sustainable Ideas for disposing of your used Christmas tree.


Looking for real Christmas trees in Edinburgh? With our reserve and collect service you can reserve your real Christmas tree online and collect it from The Old Jenner’s Depository in Edinburgh at a time to suit you. Online reservations reopen in December 2017.

In the meantime, you can join in our Christmas countdown on Facebook. We’re over half way there!