Free advice on selecting and caring for your Christmas tree
PEOPLE who want a real Christmas tree this year (2015) are being offered free advice from a virtual garden centre on selecting the best one for them and how to care for it once they get it home.
The complimentary tips and advice come from the experts at www.potterandrest.co.uk.
Peter Burks, Horticultural Expert at www.potterandrest.co.uk, said: “When selecting your tree there are lots of things to consider. Make sure you measure the space it will be put in as you don’t want a tree that’s too small or too big.
“Consider your colour scheme before making your selection. The colour of the tree is important too as this helps show off your decorations. You also need to consider your decorations when choosing a tree. Don’t pick a tree that is too bushy if you have lots of dangling decorations as they will not hang well. If you have lots of low voltage lights a dense tree will give maximum impact.
“When viewing a real tree, give it a shake – if it is fresh there should be very few needles falling off.”
Real Christmas trees are much better for the environment. They are grown as a field crop so as soon as one is cut, another is planted. Although they aren’t carbon neutral, Christmas trees help to reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing carbon dioxide while they are growing, and once the twelfth night comes they can be made into chippings or mulch too.
Peter added: “As soon as you get your cut tree home, store it somewhere cool, away from wind and sunlight. Also 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 off 25-50 millimetres or one-two inches from the base of the tree before putting it in a stand that has water 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 upright and bang the bottom of the trunk onto the ground. This will remove any old needles.”
A cut tree will require water every day. Do not allow the tree to dry out.
Peter continued: “Once the tree is in its stand and in the correct spot remove the netting it has been covered with.
“Avoid placing the tree near a fire, radiator or warm lighting as it will dry out with the potential effect of causing needle drop or drooping branches.
“It’s also important to measure the height of the room too as you don’t want to buy a tree that’s too small or one that will scrape the ceiling.”
At the beginning of the 19th century Christmas was rarely celebrated in Britain. By the end of the century, however, it had become the biggest annual celebration thanks to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
In 1848 a drawing was published of the royal family celebrating around a decorated tree, which was a tradition reminiscent of Prince Albert’s childhood in Germany. Soon after every well-to-do home in Britain had a tree decked with candles, sweets, fruit, small gifts and homemade decorations.
www.potterandrest.co.uk are stocking various sizes of Norway Spruce cut trees, Norway Spruce pot-grown trees, Nordman cut trees, Nordman pot-grown trees, Fraser cut trees, Noble cut trees, Blue Spruce pot-grown trees and a Lodgepole Pine cut tree.
www.potterandrest.co.uk aims to be the largest ‘true’ garden centre online with free expert advice available to gardeners via telephone and social media backed by a five-year plant guarantee.
There is an emphasis on British grown plants and products wherever possible and some of the products and plant collections are not currently available in other garden centres in the real or virtual world.
The e-garden centre hopes to appeal to all levels of gardeners from complete novices to keen amateurs and on to expert gardeners.
www.potterandrest.co.uk also offers gift cards so if you’re not sure what to buy a loved one as a present then they can choose for themselves instead.
The card is valid indefinitely from the date of purchase. Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. There are no additional processing fees.
www.potterandrest.co.uk gift cards are available in values of £5, £10, £20, £25, £50, £100 and £250.
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Photograph caption: Peter Burks, Horticultural Expert at www.potterandrest.co.uk.