Real Christmas Tree Care

The forestry commission has recently conducted research and discovered that it is possible to encourage real cut Christmas Trees to drink water, which in turn helps prevent dehydration and drying of the tree, which eventually leads to needle loss.

Treat Real Christmas Trees like you would freshly cut flowers, they need water every day and should be kept away from direct sources of heat, such as radiators and fires. Follow these simple rules and you should keep your tree looking vibrant well into the New Year!

Hints & Tips for Real Christmas Trees


1. If you are not erecting your Christmas tree immediately, store in a cool area protected from wind and if possible propped in water.

2. Just before you erect your tree (within a couple of hours), saw the bottom inch off of the trunk. This will re-open the pores in the bark to allow water to be absorbed via capillary action.

3. Stand the tree in plain water (not soil or sand), in a bucket or water holding Christmas Tree stand.

4. Avoid placing your tree and water stand near any direct sources of heat.

5. Important: Keep your Christmas tree topped up every day! Some christmas trees can drink up to 2 pints of water a day. If water is left to drop below the trunk, sap will seal the pores in the bark and very little water, if any, will be absorbed from then on.