Caring for your Christmas Tree

Here at Hambrooks, we’ll be taking delivery of our Christmas trees by 18th November. We look forward to that Christmas tree smell in the centre heralding the start of the festive season! Here’s our quick guide to the varieties we will have in, to help you make your choice.
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Nordmann Fir

Possibly the most popular Christmas tree in Europe, the Nordmann is native to Turkey and the Black Sea, which means it does get exposed to warmer temperatures in its natural habitat.  It tends to have a fairly regular shape and strong branches, making them good for hanging decorations on.  The needles are a glossy dark green, with a light blue-ish underside.  Nordmann needles also have a fairly thick waxy coating, which can offer protection if your skin has reacted to other varieties of pine.

We will have cut trees in heights ranging from 3 feet (91 cm) up to 6 feet (2 metres).

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Fraser Fir

The Fraser fir family is native to the Appalachian Mountains of the south-eastern United States, so another tree that gets some warmth in its native environment.  The Fraser tends to be a narrower growing tree, which might make it more suited to smaller spaces. Its needles are a silvery-green and soft to the touch, which perhaps makes it a child and pet-friendly choice. It also has a bit of space between its layers of branches, giving room for plenty of tinsel and ornaments. Frasers also tend to grow in a fairly regular shape, meaning it should look great from any angle.

We will have cut trees in heights ranging from about 3 feet (91 cm) up to 8 feet (nearly 2½ metres)

Care for your Christmas tree

Whether you have bought a cut or potted tree, the best thing you can do to care for it and extend its life is to keep it outside somewhere cool for as long as you can and keep it well watered.  If you can, store it somewhere that is protected from frosts and extremes of weather.

When you are ready to bring it indoors, if you have a cut tree, take a slice off the bottom of the trunk to help it absorb water (just as you would do with cut flowers).

For any tree, choose the right spot, preferably away from sources of heat (not just as a fire hazard but so that the tree doesn’t dry out too quickly).  And pick somewhere that you can easily get to it to water it regularly.

With care and regular watering, your tree should hold on to the majority of its needles and that lovely Christmas smell until after New Year!

Our trees are stored under cover and well lit so you are welcome to come and browse whatever the weather!

Read more about the history and tradition of Christmas trees here




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