How To Make Your Christmas Tree Last Longer

How To Make Your Christmas Tree Last Longer

A live Christmas tree can add a touch of magic and take your decor to the next level. If you’re thinking about purchasing a real tree this Christmas, we are here to give you the rundown.

Unlike artificial trees, real trees have an expiration date. However, there are various strategies you can implement to lengthen their lifespan.

How long does a real Christmas tree last?

A real Christmas tree can survive up to 5 weeks with proper maintenance and care. 

However, its lifespan depends on the type of tree you choose and its condition at the time of purchase. Some common types of Christmas trees include:

  • Fraser Fir: Popular for its pleasant scent and pyramid shape, Fraser Fir can last 4-6 weeks.
  • Noble Fir: Known for its stiff branches and perfect symmetry, these last around 5 weeks and are ideal for holding heavy ornaments.
  • Douglas Fir: This tree has soft needles and a sweet fragrance. This can last between 3-4 weeks.
  • Balsam Fir: This tree can last 3-4 weeks when cut. Homeowners love this for its conical shape and long-lasting fragrance.
  • Scotch Pine: With its bright green branches, excellent shape, and stiff needles, this is one of the most popular Christmas trees. This can last up to 5 weeks.

1. Selecting the Right Tree

If you’re looking for a tree that will last 4-5 weeks, Fraser Firs or Balsam Firs are a great choice. When narrowing your options, look for a tree with flexible green needles and a sweet aroma. 

A fresh tree will have needles that won’t fall off easily and spring back when bent. Scotch pines are a great option for needle retention.

You also need to consider the placement. Ensure the tree's height and shape fit well in the intended area to prevent bending or snapping. 

2. Preparing the Tree Base

Correctly preparing your tree base will lengthen its lifespan. This should be done as soon as your tree is brought home. Follow these steps for a simple process:

  1. Fresh Cut: Make a fresh, straight cut across the bottom of the trunk, removing around an inch from the base. 
  2. Water Immediately: Place the tree in water straight after cutting. 
  3. Choose the Right Stand: Use a sturdy tree stand with a generous water reservoir. It should fit the tree trunk without trimming the sides and be able to hold a gallon of water
  4. Avoid Seal Formation: Minimise the time between cutting the tree and placing it in water. If the base is exposed for too long, a seal of dried sap will form and prevent water absorption. 

3. Ideal Placement

The placement of your tree is one of the most important aspects of both lifespan and aesthetics. 

Keep your Christmas tree away from heat sources, such as radiators and fires, to avoid drying out. Place it in a corner with a consistent temperature and away from direct sunlight.

Areas with drafts, such as windows and doors, can stress the tree due to fluctuating temperatures. Ensure that your chosen location allows easy access to water the tree to prevent accidents.

4. Lighting Choices

LED lights emit less heat, reduce drying out, and minimise fire hazards. This makes them a better choice than traditional bulbs.

To minimise heat concentration, spread the lights out evenly around the tree.

Don’t place the bulbs too close to each other or overload the tree with lights, as this leads to faster drying. Instead, use one string of lights, and spread the bulbs out evenly. Lights with a built-in timer can reduce heat exposure and save energy. 

5. Limit decorations

Minimal Christmas tree decorations lead to better safety and tree health. Use lightweight decorations such as small baubles and cardboard, wood, or plastic tree hangings to prevent bending or snapping.

Avoid over-decorating, as this can camouflage the tree's natural beauty and make maintenance more difficult. Spread the items out evenly to prevent tipping and a cluttered look. 

Decorate Your Tree With Whitakers Garden Centre

At Whitakers Garden Centre, we stock a range of stunning Christmas decorations and trees.

Transform your home into a festive delight with us this season. We have everything you need to kickstart your holiday fun. Visit us in-store today or browse our range of home and garden products.

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  • Daniel Corlett