“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree…”

Ready cut trees come in several different heights without roots and often already with a slice of wood on the bottom to stand them upright. At the Love Plants centre you can can choose from a large range of sizes, staff are on hand to help you make that choice. They can remove the wooden block so that you can insert it in a stand that holds water or net your tree ready for you to take home; and they will be happy to carry your tree to your vehicle or arrange delivery for you.

If you would rather purchase a tree that is either root balled or container grown so that you can pot it on each year or plant it in your garden, staff will be able to help you choose one that suit your requirements and advise you how to pot it on or plant it.

Top favourite Christmas tree varieties:-

Abies Nordmanniana (Caucasian Fir) an evergreen, densely branched and broadly pyramidal fir; retaining its branches almost to the ground, even in old age. Native to the Caucaus and mountains of northern Turkey; widely planted in central Europe and elsewhere for timber, can grow to 70m. A popular fir chosen as a Christmas tree because it retains it’s blue-green needles better than other varieties, especially if kept watered and away from direct sources of heat.

Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree

Nordmann Fir

 

Abies Fraserii (Fraser Fir) is an interesting fir tree, due to its attractive compact form and needle retentive abilities. The Fraser fir is a native to North America, it was introduced into Britain during the 18th Century by John Fraser and is often found planted in large gardens and woodland.  Expect a final height of some 20m (67ft).

Fraser Fir Christmas Tree

Fraser Fir

 

Abies procera syn Abies nobilis (Noble fir) The needles of this fir turn upward, exposing the lower branches. Known for its beauty, the noble fir has a long keep ability, and its stiff branches make it a good tree for heavy ornaments, as well as providing excellent greenery for wreaths and garland. Nobles are native to the Siskiyou Mountains of northern California and the Coastal ranges of Oregon and Washington. Max height 25-45m (80-150ft) width 6-9m (20-28ft).

Noble Fir Christmas Tree

Noble Fir

 

Picea abies subsp. abies (Norway Spruce) a conical evergreen conifer with sweeping, curved branches that can grow up to 65m. A major forest tree in northern Europe and in mountains as far south as the Alps and Balkan Peninsula. Extensively planted for timber in many areas, it is the species commonly used for Christmas trees.

 

How to care for your Christmas tree.

Pot grown Christmas trees.

  • Keep your tree outside until you are ready to decorate it.
  • Do not place near direct source of heat i.e a radiator.
  • Water once a week ensuring enough water to soak through to the bottom of the pot.
  • After Christmas acclimatize tree before putting outside. I.e. in garage or protected area.
  • Plant out in garden or re-pot into a larger pot.
  • Feed during growing season.

 

Cut Christmas tree 

  • Store tree in cool conditions away from the wind and sunlight.
  • Put the base of the tree in a bucket of water to prevent dehydration.
  • When you are ready to put your tree up you should cut 1cm – 2cm (1”) from the base of the tree before putting it in a stand that has watering holding facilities. By doing this you will have broken the natural seal on the base of the trunk and the tree will be able to take up as much water as it requires.
  • Before bringing your tree inside hold the tree up-right and bang the bottom of the tree onto the ground to remove any old needles.
  • Check the tree has water every day DO NOT allow it to dry out.
  • Once the tree is in its stand and in the correct spot remove the netting.

Avoid placing the tree near a fire or radiator (any direct heat source) as it will dry out and will drop it’s needles.