Christmas tree care is easy
Real Christmas trees, like real flowers, require a certain amount of care and attention to obtain the maximum safety, enjoyment and longevity from them over the Christmas period. Even though Noble Fir and Nordmann Fir Christmas trees are non-shed, it is also important to realise that they, like real flowers, will dry out and die more quickly if they are not kept properly watered. A dried out Christmas tree is unattractive. On the other hand, a properly-watered Christmas tree will retain its fresh appearance and will not, by itself, sustain combustion in the event of a fire. We recommend that you use a proper water stand. Follow these guidelines:
Storage and preparation outdoors
- When you bring your Christmas tree home, keep it in a cool place, if possible standing in water outdoors, until you are ready to set it up indoors. Shield it from the sun and any drying wind. A back-garden or patio will do fine.
- When you buy a water stand, it’s a good idea to select one that is larger than the one that you think you might need. Remember that the butt of the tree will reduce its capacity by as much as 1 or 2 litres.
- Before you bring the tree into your house, make a fresh saw-cut, straight across the stem, at least 3 cms above the “base”. To do this, put the tree lying on the ground and support the stem on a suitably firm low stool or other device. Use a small bushman or bow saw. This fresh cut allows the tree to take up water more easily when you stand it in the water stand indoors. Then, still keeping the tree lying on the ground, check that it fits comfortably into the water stand. You may need to trim off some of the lower branches before you are satisfied.
Setting it up indoors
- Take the water stand indoors and place it in the selected position.
- Now bring the tree indoors and place it in the water stand. Then, getting someone to hold the tree vertical, adjust the screws until the tree is secure and vertical. Do not use force; it will prolong the life of your water stand. If you need to adjust the angle of the tree after you have tightened the screws, loosen the screws slightly, adjust the angle and re-tighten the screws. You can also lift the tree slightly to re-position the base of the tree; do not put sideways pressure on the pin in the floor of the water stand as it may break.
- When done, fill the stand with water.
You will be surprised how much water your Christmas tree will take up. Initially, it may require 3 litres or more of water in the first day or two. After that, expect that it will require 1 litre or more per day, depending upon its size. Do not let the water level drop below the bottom of the stem. When that happens even for a short period of time, there is a risk that the tree will lose the ability to take up water.
Finally, do not forget to unplug tree lights before going to bed or whenever the tree is unattended.