What is the true mystery of Christmas? Maybe it’s not how Santa fits down the chimney in that big red suit, but rather how you keep your tree from going brown and dropping needles all over your floor!
There are loads of myths out there when it comes to keeping your Christmas tree fresh and we’re here to tell you that none of them work. Fertiliser will cause more needles to drop. Putting vinegar in the water will turn your tree a funny colour and using hairspray on the branches will just result in a major fire hazard.
So how do you keep your tree as good as new for as long as possible?
• Select the freshest-looking tree available. To test for freshness, gently shake the tree. Very few needles should come off in your hand.
• Make a fresh cut on a slight angle off the bottom of the trunk about an inch from the bottom then put it in water straight away. Why? When the tree is cut, it'll seal off the cut part, making it so it won't take up water like it normally would. When you put the tree into water soon after cutting off the bottom of the stem, it won't form that seal and the water will be able to reach the branches and needles better.
• The stand you use should hold at least three litres of water and should be checked regularly. Depending on the size, species, and location of the tree, it may absorb the entire three litres in the first day!
• Place your Christmas tree well away from heat sources like fireplaces, heaters and television sets.
• Always unplug Christmas tree lights at night to reduce the drying effect on the tree or any chance of fire.
Most trees should last five weeks before drying but as long as your tree is able to absorb and transpire water, it will stay reasonably fresh and fire-resistant as long as possible.
Also don’t forget to recycle your tree once it has run it’s course, instead of just popping it in the trash.