10 Ways to Stop Xmas Tree Needle Drop
six million real Christmas trees are sold in the
UK each year, enough to populate a small forest.
There is a good range of suitable tree varieties
available, from firs and pines to the popular Norway
spruce. You can also buy varieties that are needle-drop
resistant, which can worth the extra expense,
especially if you plan on keeping your tree in a
Some Varieties of Christmas Trees Available in
Britain's best selling Christmas tree - due to its
tendency not to drop its needles. It has a broad
shape with dense foliage. However, its branches are
weak and flexible, so it's not ideal for hanging
heavy decorations. It is also one of the most
expensive varieties available.
The narrow conical shape of the Fraser Fir makes
it ideal for smaller rooms. It provides a better
scent than the Nordmann variety, although prices
The Norway spruce is a popular and economical choice,
however, its needles are one of the fastest to drop.
It has sturdy branches and an open habit, plus
a lovely pine scent. However, you will need
to treat this variety with care by keeping it cool
and well watered.
Whatever variety you purchase you can make it last
longer by taking care of two
1) keeping it cool
2) giving it
plenty of water.
10 Hints and Tips on Keeping Your Christmas Tree
- Try a Pot Grown Tree. If you
are looking for a small Christmas tree and you
have somewhere cool and shaded indoors to keep
it, then this is an ideal choice. Once the festivities
are over, just transfer it to a sheltered spot
outside and keep it well watered.
- Buy Directly From a Plantation. This
is the best way of ensuring that your tree is fresh
and healthy. At a plantation you can simply walk
along the rows of trees and select the one you
like, which makes tree shopping an exciting
day out. The British
Christmas Tree Growers' Association website
will list plantations near you.
- Inspect Carefully Before Purchase. If
you are buying a cut tree, ensure that the needles
(at the tips of the branches) do not fall when
gently brushed. Also check the base of the tree
to ensure that it has been freshly sawn.
- Help Your Tree to Take up Water. You
can do this by sawing off the bottom 2 cm from
base of the trunk. This will remove any build-up
of sap at the bottom, which can prevent water absorption.
- Thin Out Crowded Branches. Before bringing your
tree inside, cut-off any unwanted and congested
branches. This provides a better shape and slows
water loss by reducing the foliage area.
- Keep Outside Until Required. The
earlier you bring a tree into the house the more
likely is to shed needles. So keep it in a shaded
spot outside and steep it in a bucket of water
until the last possible moment.
- Give it a Shake. When you're
ready to bring the tree indoors, give it a really
good shake to dislodge any loose needles.
- Keep it Well Watered. Stand
the tree in a bucket of water filled with pebbles
or use a commercial stand that holds water. Keep
the water topped-up every few days.
- Keep the Bark On. Do not remove
any bark from the lower part of the trunk, for
example when fitting it in a stand. If you do,
this will make the tree dry out faster.
- Keep it Cool. Keep your tree
in a cool room, away from heat and
draughts. For example, do not place it near a doorway
or by a radiator. Also
use low-heat fairy lights and always turn the lights
off at night.