Western Mail - - EXPERT OPINION -

If choos­ing a cut real Christ­mas tree, re­mem­ber that more than half its weight will be wa­ter, so keep­ing it in wa­ter in­doors is the most ef­fec­tive way of main­tain­ing its fresh­ness and min­i­miz­ing nee­dle loss. Ap­par­ently most Christ­mas trees went up last week­end, so five weeks in a hot house is a long time to ex­pect a tree to hang onto its nee­dles with­out a drink!

When you buy your real tree, ac­cli­ma­tis­ing it to the in­doors grad­u­ally will also help pre­vent it just shed­ding its nee­dles in the un­fa­mil­iar heat. If you know what a hot flush is like, you will sym­pa­thise!

Re­move about a 1/2-inch from the base of the trunk and put it into wa­ter as soon as you get it home and then put in the porch or garage for a day or two be­fore tak­ing it in­doors.

Once the tree is in­doors and dressed it will need top­ping up with wa­ter reg­u­larly – a large tree could drink as much as a gal­lon of wa­ter a day in its first week in­doors.

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