Add the wonderful scent of evergreen to your home with greengate's premium fresh cut Christmas trees. You can keep them nice and moist until you can get them set up in your home by leaving them outside in the shadiest area of your property and cover with snow if possible. We'll give them a fresh cut and wrap them for you in a net like we always do if that is the plan.
How to care for your greengate Garden Centres Christmas Tree:
Our fresh cut Christmas Trees are just that. More than half of your greengate Christmas tree's weight is in water so, it needs proper care as to not dry out too soon. You can maintain the quality of your tree by following a number of tips we're providing in caring for your tree.
Buy a fresh tree
At greengate you are going to find that our trees are fresh cut, but pick the best! To test for freshness, gently pull on the needles of the outer branches. If the needles come off easily or if the tree loses lots of green needles when it is tapped on the ground, move on. Also, avoid trees that are faded in color. Remember, all fresh cut trees are going to lose some needles. They do this in nature too.
Give it a fresh cut
When you come to greengate Garden Centres for your Christmas Tree make sure you ask for a fresh cut! This is a service we do free of charge, as this is the most important detail. Trees will need a fresh cut to absorb the most water possible. When a tree is first cut, air gets into the plant tissue and interrupts the tree's ability to absorb water. Typically, we cut off a half-inch slice from the base of the trunk. If you do it yourself cut straight across, never at an angle or in a V-shape, because doing so reduces the amount of water available to the tree. It also makes it harder for the tree stand to hold the tree. Never drill a hole in the base of the trunk thinking it will help the tree draw up more water. Once home, place the tree in water as soon as possible. Place your tree within 1 hour for best results, after an hour a fresh cut should be made. Don't bruise the cut surface, or get it dirty. If needed, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location. However, a fresh cut after storage is necessary.
Select the right tree stand
After you've chosen your live Christmas tree, keep it in a sheltered, unheated area, such as a porch or garage, to protect it from the wind and sun until you are ready to decorate it. Use a reservoir-type tree stand to keep trees fresh indoors and reduce needle loss. A tree stand should hold 3.5 liters /1 gallon of water or about 1 liter/1 quart per 2.5 cm or inch of diameter of the tree trunk. Make sure the stand fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
Give it water
Most species of Christmas trees can go without water for as long as 1 hour after a fresh cut. Just make sure the surface remains clean and the cut end is not damaged by banging it against the ground. If you're putting the tree in a stand right away, make sure the reservoir of the stand is kept full of water. The absorption rate of water varies from day to day as such, many people worry if their tree absorbs a lot of water one day, a little the next, and then absorbs more the next day. This is normal. The tree could be full one day and need more water the next. It depends on how fast it loses moisture from its foliage. To be safe, check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water. The temperature of the water used to fill the stand is not important and does not affect water uptake.