David Domoney's Christmas tree care tips, plus an unexpected drink to feed your fir...

Keep your fir happy with this unexpected feed and more top tips from Horticulturist David Domoney ...

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This weekend is the weekend where everyone is getting their Christmas tree! Whether you got yours via a Christmas tree Click & Collect service or if you're about to set off to your local Garden Centre or another shop that sells them, as these are thankfully now open, we have some tips on how to care for a real Christmas tree so that it stays looking glorious right through until Christmas Day and beyond!

Earlier this week, David Domoney, showed us just how to pick out the perfect real Christmas tree and keep it fresh throughout he festive season, but more importantly, he revealed an unexpected way to feed Christmas trees too... And it's pretty exciting as A. you're likely to have it in your fridge, and B. it works! And, with over 8 million fresh trees being sold each year in the UK, 7 million of which are grown in the UK also, this is something that we should all know by now!

Keep scrolling to find out and then start putting your favourite Christmas tree decoration ideas into practice! 

What should you feed a real Christmas tree?

The answer is: lemonade! Seriously, according to David, full fat lemonade is a top feed for real Christmas trees. And when you come to think of it, it makes complete sense. 

A tree, to stay looking healthy, needs good hydration and sugar. Put two and two together (and a few lemons) and lemonade is the answer.

Sugar water, is also the answer if you have no lemonade to hand. And, keep scrolling for the rest of David's Christmas tree care tips:

1. Pick your real Christmas tree wisely

It comes down to taste and space, but the other consideration is upkeep, because no one likes pesky pine needles on the floor! According to David:

Nordmann firs: are much more popular. Identifiable by their gorgeous deep emerald tops and silvery hue, these take longer to grow so are therefore more expensive, but they do hold onto their needles very well.

Norway spruce: have very small needles, and are beautifully fragranced. The shape of them makes it easy to hang Christmas tree decorations from and the beautiful scent is simply divine. These can loose needles if kept by a radiator.

Blue spruce: usually containerised and so a great real Christmas tree for small spaces, keep this is not too warm a room, while you may even be able to grow it outside, post-Christmas.

2. Treat your tree as a cut tree

As the root has been removed (not if you pick up a Blue spruce) remember that what was a vital source of nutrients has now gone, and so to make up for it, you need to keep yours regularly watered (aka lemonade!).

3. Get a good stump

You'd never think of this, but getting a good stump is important because when you start cutting it off, it could change the look of the tree. So go for something that you can work with.

4. Feel the weight

Have you seen people bashing real Christmas trees on the ground lately? That's because it is an important factor in picking a great tree! You need to feel the weight of the tree, as the heavier the tree, the more moisture which will help it retain its needles. So, give it a bash, and if it's hydrated, the needles won’t drop!

Note: if you're the one handling the tree, wear gloves and they can be sticky and sharp, and watch your back!

5. Firs things first

Did you like that? Sorry. Anyhow, first thing to do when you get your tree is to:

1. Take off a slither off the stump.

2. Sit in a bucket for a night and a day before bringing it in. The later you bring it in, the fresher it will be.

3. Get a stand that can hold water.

4. Feed it with lemonade, sugar water or florists cut flower food.

5. Be careful not to overfill the stand, and put your Christmas tree somewhere away from the radiator or open fires.

Camille Dubuis-Welch
Camille Dubuis-Welch

Camille is Digital Editor at Realhomes.com and joined the team in January 2020. As an interior design aficionado, when she’s not developing evergreen content and furiously researching keywords, she is most definitely finding new ways to spruce up her rented space, usually involving a houseplant or two. She loves the challenge that comes with making a room look stylish and feel homely, and her ultimate goal is to renovate the house of dreams, somewhere marvellously sunny with a wild and lavish garden, of course.