Time to choose your 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 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. 
  • 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.
  • Picea omorika (Serbian Spruce) a slender evergreen conifer with spire-like crown of blue-green foliage retained almost from the ground.  Native only to the Drina River Basin in central Yugoslavia but planted for timber in parts of Scandinavia and widely grown elsewhere as an ornamental; can grow up to 30m.  Available with roots as a container grown conifer.
  • Picea pungens glauca (Blue spruce) is widely used as a Christmas tree due to its conical habit and dense horizontal branches which are covered with grey-green needles.  It also has a high needle retention rate.  One of the most ornamental of the conifers the blue sprue makes a great specimen tree in parklands and garden situations.  Commonly grows up to 15meters.  The cones are up to  10cm in length and are a pale brown colour.  A very hardy tree which is able to withstand very cold winters.  Grows best in wet but free draining soil in full sunlight.
  • Abies Fraseri (Fraser fir) splendid for small spaces due to it’s slimmer, conical shape; the Faser fir also has a delicious baslsam scent which fills the room for the entire festive period.  This tree had good needle retention, and its dense branches hold soft green/silver needles.  (Not to be confused with the closely related Balsam fir which does drop its needles easily.)  Fraser fir is not widely grown as it only thrives in specific locations, especially from where it originates in the Appalachian Mountains of South Eastern USA.  Fraser fir is widely used as a Christmas tree, especially in America and has been used more times than any other as the official White House Christmas tree. 

Care for your Christmas Tree.

Potted 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 the 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.