Deck the halls with boughs of holly! But first, you need a tree. Whether you’re well underway with your Christmas shopping or you’re yet to even think about it, picking the perfect tree is a vital part of the festive puzzle that needs consideration long before Christmas Day comes rolling in. Not sure where to start? Never fear, we’ve written a foolproof guide with a little help from our friends at Floom to help you (and your tree) earn top marks this festive season.
Step 1: Decide on a type of tree
Sure, they’re all green with needles, but there are in fact many types of Christmas tree, from Norway and Blue Spruces to Fraser and Douglas Firs. For a tree you can trust, we recommend a Nordmaan Fir which can be ordered right to your door with a little help from our friends at Floom.com. They deliver trees from Gardenia of London, a local family-run floristry business that’s been delivering Christmas cheer since 1999.
So what’s so special about a Nordmann Fir? Firstly, they don’t drop their needles, so they’ll stay looking great – with minimal sweeping up – well into the new year. Secondly, more Nordmann Firs are planted than cut in Scotland and Denmark every year, so it’s a sustainable purchase too.
Step 2: Size Matters
Christmas trees are graded according to shape and maturity, so always opt for ‘super’ or ‘premium’ grade to ensure your tree looks full and fresh for the festive period. When it comes to the size, it’s a matter of preference and space. Typically trees range from 2ft – 30ft – so unless you’re shopping for Buckingham Palace, we’d recommend choosing a tree between 3ft and 7ft. 3 -4ft is perfect if you’re planning to position yours on a surface, while 5-7ft will do the trick if you’ve got a big open corner or hall to fill.
Top tip: don’t forget to factor in the height of your Christmas tree stand.
Step 3: Tend to your tree
To keep your tree in tip top condition, you need to follow a few simple rules:
– Cut 1-2cm off the base of your tree before popping it into a suitably sized, water-retaining stand.
– Position your tree away from heat sources such as direct sunlight, radiators and open fires.
– Keep the water in the stand topped up – trees get thirsty and can drink up to a litre a day.