There is something about the smell of a Christmas tree that gets the festive spirit going, isn’t there? The gentle pine fragrance wafting through the house signals that celebrations are on the horizon. So it is always disappointing when a tree loses its vigour before the month is through. Don’t fear though, we’ve compiled some tips and tricks that will get your tree going the distance.

Pick the right tree.

If possible, get your tree directly from the farm it was harvested from. If a tree has been transported this will have added to the time it has had since being removed from the ground. If the tree has been transported a long distance it may have also been exposed to harsh and drying winds on the journey.

Sun and heat can dry a tree out and so if there are trees that are displayed in shady locations, go for these first.

If you are able to get the seller to, ask them to cut a few centimetres of the bottom of the trunk. Depending on how long the tree has been waiting to be picked by you, resin may have already gone to the cut edge and this impedes water absorption. A fresh cut at the time of purchase and then straight into fresh water when you get it home will give it the best chance of surviving all December.

When you get it home.

If you haven’t been able to get the seller to saw off a few centimeters as mentioned above you should do this yourself at home.

Water, Water, Water.
It can’t be stressed enough how much a cut tree loves to have fresh water. Place the tree in a stand that can hold water (these are nearly always available to the places that sell the trees) and add plenty of fresh water. Don’t stand it in a pot with soil.

Continue to fill up the water, checking it every day and ensuring it never runs dry.

Try and keep the tree in a cool place. Sun, warmth and any source of heat will dry your tree out.

Finally, there are a few suggestions on water additives you can use to prolong the tree’s cut life. The evidence is shaky on their effectiveness and we lean more towards just plain fresh water (and plenty of it). Having said this, there isn’t any reason it is actually bad for the tree so if you feel that a little sugar or tree preserver in the water helps then there isn’t any harm in using these.