03 Dec, 2016

Caring For Your Christmas Tree

If you’re a family who love having a “real” Christmas tree, here are some idea’s and tip’s on how to keep it fresh for the entire festive season.

Tradition says you should put up your tree after 1 December and take it down on 5 January, the twelfth day of Christmas but how can you ensure that the tree looks good for the whole time?

That’s 5-weeks or 35-days…

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The Kiwi Xmas Tree

The blazing red flowers of Pōhutukawa around Christmas time have earned this tree the title of New Zealand’s Christmas tree, but most people that want a real Xmas tree will opt for the Pine which comes with the nice smell as well.

Christian Conradsen has the Christmas Tree Ranch in Auckland and also offers Spruce and Macrocapa.

Christmas Tree Care

Tradition says you should put up your tree after 1 December and take it down on 5 January, the twelfth day of Christmas – but how can you ensure that the tree looks good for the whole time?

  1. A Xmas tree needs plenty of water. Ensure it doesn’t run dry and replenish the tree’s water every few days and we will have a spray bottle of water which we use on the tree each day too. The first few days are the most critical as a big tree will drink up to a few litres in those first few days.
  2. The base should be cut fresh just before the tree goes into water. When you bring your tree home, saw another couple inches off the bottom of the trunk before setting in water to prevent a new layer of sap forming.
  3. Pop a couple of aspirin tablets into the water. It may sound crazy, but if you’d just been cut down you might have a headache too! But seriously, the aspirin helps the tree survive.
  4. Keep the tree out of direct sunlight and away from any heat source as it will cause the tree to wilt before its time.

Those are just a few ideas that might help your Christmas tree stay fresh for longer.