Millions of Christmas trees will be sold over the next fortnight. Some are real beauties, but others can be right flops. Here’s how to choose the best one, and also how to keep it looking spruce.
The traditional favourite – and the cheapest – but it can shed needles by the bucket load unless well cared for. To pick a good one, lift it up and feel the weight. If it’s too light, it may have been cut weeks ago. Also bang the stump on the ground. If lots of needles fall, it’s well past its sell by date. .
The best-selling non-needle drop trees with soft, slightly scented needles. Look for deep green healthy needles and use the stump test to make sure they stay on. Don’t buy them pre-wrapped, they vary so much in shape, you can’t tell what it might look like. Nordman Firs are more expensive this year due to crop shortages.
The best of the non-needle drops, with gorgeous deep green scented needles. Check the needles look fresh and survive a good thump test!
The steely blue non-drop needles are very pretty but also very prickly. The trees can be very short and dumpy so shop around to find the best shape.
Christmas tree farms tend to have the freshest trees, while DIY stores usually have the best prices. But it pays to buy early if you want to get a right cracker!
Keeping your tree fresher for longer
Tip: Once you’ve got your tree home, cut an inch off the stump and pop it in a bucket or a Christmas tree stand that holds water. Position it as far away from radiators as possible.
A tree can drink up to a pint of water a day – so keep the stand topped up right through Christmas and the New Year.
Whatever tree you choose, I hope you find some nice pressies under it come Christmas Day!