For many the evergreen tree is the essence of Christmas. It is central to the seasonal festivities as decoration, the focus for gatherings and the giving of gifts. When lovingly decorated and brightly illuminated a real tree takes on a magical quality in your home filling it with that fragrant pine smell so true of Christmas.
Before going out to buy your tree, it’s vital to find the right place to put it. Once you’ve worked out where it will go, measure the space to make sure you’ve got the maximum height and maximum width so you don’t end up with one that’s far too big or small. A tree that’s too wide could end up just being in your way and get knocked, which could cause needle loss. If necessary, some branches can be trimmed for a better fit.
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What types of Christmas trees are available?
Real, artificial or alternative? We talk you through the Christmas tree options for 2020.
There is no doubt that artificial trees offer a larger variety of shapes and colors from the snow covered to ready-decorated trees, but expect to pay more for a good quality tree that will last.
Investing in a good quality tree will mean years of use, that is easy to adapt each year by adding different baubles, fresh flowers or evergreens to your display.
Of course the biggest plus-point – no dropped needles to be vacuuming up for the rest of the year.
Finding the right tree to match your budget and style can be so much easier than buying a fresh tree, the advantage with artificial designs allows you to find the right size to fit your room, perfect for those with limited space. It also opens up the option of housing more than one tree, perhaps a smaller one on a side table to complement your main tree.
How to choose the right evergreen tree for your home.
Norway Spruce – Mid-green color with much softer foliage, a little lighter than the Normann fir with more of a traditional shape.
Normann Fir – Now the most popular tree, distinctive broad, bold green needles with whitish underside, stays fresh the longest time but one of the more expensive trees. The Normann Fir is often less prickly and will withstand warmer environments.
Lodgepole Pine – A brighter green color tinged slightly with yellow and has a sharp refreshing fragrance.
Scots Pine – often a good shape but can have long slightly twisted needles which makes hanging baubles a little trickier. The Scots pine tends to hold it’s needles well and has a beautiful fresh pine smell.
Alternative real trees
Container grown tree
Grown for one season in their pots, these trees tend to be smaller, usually no more than 5ft and should be cared for much in the same way as cut flowers. Before buying, lift from the pot to check the root system, and examine the needles for freshness.
Water and care for the tree as you would do any other houseplant, and keep away from direct sunlight. Spray the needles regularly so they retain their shine. After Christmas, it is probably best to repot the tree in a larger container rather than planting it in the garden straight away.
These trees are dug up with the roots intact surrounded by earth and contained within a ‘ball’ of sacking. The tree can be transferred into a pot once the sacking is removed and cared for as you would the container grown tree.
Carefully remove the sacking, give the roots a good soak then pot in moist earth. Keep the soil moist, but do not allow it to become waterlogged. The tree will have a good chance of survival if planted in the garden after Christmas.
These have been extracted from the ground with their larger roots, although the smaller ones will have been broken off. They are usually small or very young. Soak the roots well before potting up, ensure that the earth is kept damp, but do not overwater. Potted up in moist earth, they should stay fresh and retain their needles.
The tree may survive if it is planted out immediately after Christmas and is well watered for the next few months.
What retailers will have the best Christmas tree deals?
Any major retailers who stock Christmas trees and decorations are worth checking in on.
We'd recommend getting an idea of prices early so you can spot the best discounts – but we'll be updating this page too, so you can keep checking here.
The retailers we expect to have strong Christmas tree deals are: