Celebri-tree favourites Pines and Needles are Britain’s premier Christmas tree growers & retailers and have been running for 26 years. They supply beautiful trees to the stars, including the legendary Sir Elton John, Madonna, One Direction and Noel Gallagher. But even A-list celebs need help when it comes to caring for their fantastic firs.
Founding brothers Sam and Josh Lyle set up Pines and Needles when they were 15 years old and are now selling 60,000 a year! Here are their top tips for keeping your Christmas tree looking its best throughout the festive season.
Prepare the trunk
Just before you install your tree, saw off the bottom 1” (3cm) of the trunk. This creates a fresh cut and opens up the pores in the bark, which otherwise can block up with sap within a few hours of being cut. The tree is then able to drink water through these pores via capillary action. We do this to all our trees so you don’t have to!
They need routine
Do not expose your tree to sudden changes in temperature. Trees like most people are creatures of habit and prefer steady conditions.
Keep it away from any heat sources
Position your Christmas tree away from any heat sources such as radiators and fireplaces. Heat dries out your tree faster, so the further from potentially damaging heat sources the better, and the fresher your tree will remain.
Water your tree
Place your tree in plain water – not soil or sand which would block the pores in the bark. This is best achieved by using a specially designed Christmas tree stand. Many precious hours can be wasted trying to make a Christmas Tree stand up straight in an ordinary bucket using just bricks or stones!
Then keep on watering it!
Keep the Christmas tree stand topped up with water. Your Christmas tree may drink 2-3 pints (1-2 litres) of water per day, depending on its size and your central heating settings. This is very important as once the water level drops below the tree’s trunk, sap will re-seal the bark within a few hours, preventing the tree from drinking any further water even if you then re-fill the Christmas tree stand.