Bosworth Water Park Christmas Tree Farm Guide to Christmas Trees

Ten tips to help find the perfect Christmas tree for your home including where to put it and which species to choose.

 

1 Choosing the right spot

Before you pick your real Christmas tree, decide where the tree is going to go. Usually this will be where the family socialise and where the TV is. However, ideally it will be a well-lit corner of the room where it isn’t going to get knocked or crashed into by 'merry adults' or excited children.

2 Where to buy your real Christmas tree

Whether you order your Christmas tree online, or in person the key thing is to ensure you have a freshy cut Christmas tree. Bosworth Water Park Christmas Tree Farm is a member of the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association. We aim to supply the customer with the perfect centre-piece for their Christmas celebrations.

All our Christmas trees are grown in accordance with the BCTGA environmental Code of Practice and are guaranteed fresh whether purchased in person our at our online store FestiveFirs.com

3 Which species of real Christmas tree should you choose?

The traditional British Christmas tree, the Norway spruce, is attractive but has a tendency to drop its needles, particularly towards the end of the Christmas period. In recent years it has been overtaken by non-drop varieties. The Serbian Spruce has an attractive colour, and holds its needles better than the Norwegian variety. Pines and firs are also popular. The Fraser Fir holds its needles well, but can cost more than others. The bestselling “non-drop” tree is the Nordmann fir.

 

Christmas Tree

Needle Holding (without water)

Needle Holding (with water) Fragrance Firmness of Branches Needle Softness
Norway Spruce
Serbian Spruce
Nordman Fir
Fraser Fir

 

4 Cut, containerised or container-grown?

Cut trees, and those which have been grown in a container, last longer than containerised trees, which have been grown in the ground and then stuffed into a pot. A cut tree behaves like a cut flower, and can be dunked in water, while a container-grown tree can (in theory at least) be planted out in the garden when the festivities are over. But remember that the lovely little Norway spruce can grow very quickly to a height of 25m (100ft), which will cause controversy in a small urban garden.

5 Tool up

If you’re buying your tree from our plantation you might want to follow this advice to avoid unwelcome muckiness. Gloves are essential, as are clothes you don’t mind covering in needles, sap and bark, and a tape measure to ensure that the tree you buy is the right size for your space. If the tree is more than 4ft high, and presuming you are not a bodybuilder, take someone else along to help you carry it. Our one of our team will do all the hard work for you - all you need to do is choose which one you want!

6 Choosing the tree

First, make sure the tree is as fresh as possible. It is essential that cut trees are fresh when purchased. The needles should not be dull or dried up, the branches should not be brittle and the outer needles should not fall off if the tree is gently shaken. To test how well the tree retains its needles, drop it on its stump from a few inches above the floor. If more than a couple of needles fall, choose another. Find a tree that fits your space. A small tree might look silly in a large room. Equally, an 8ft tree in a room with an 8ft ceiling will call for drastic pruning (and wasted money).

7 How much to pay?

Prices for trees vary a great deal between suppliers. Spruces tend to be cheaper than firs. You can buy these trees freshly cut to order via our online store right now - just select the tree type you want from the list below:

Premier Norway Spruce Cut From: £29.99

Premier Blue Spruce From: £35

Premier Fraser Fir From: £39.99

Premier Deluxe Nordman Fir From: £39.99

Prices generally increase according to height, at roughly £10 per foot.

8 To go fake fir or festive fir?

Of course, if you can’t be bothered with a real tree, there are plenty of good artificial ones on the market. But nothing beats the smell of a real Christmas tree. Choose yours with family or friends direct from our farm. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you choose the right tree for you.

9 Taking a stand

Keeping a 7ft or 8ft tree upright for nearly a month can be tricky. The December issue of Which? Gardening recommends the Cinco 7 classic as its “Best Buy” (see below).

This sturdy plastic stand has a large water reservoir, and accommodates trunks up to 13cm (5in) across. Its wide base also makes it very stable, especially when full of water. At £19.99, it is available from most good garden centres, including Dobbies and the Tillington Group (0131 663 6778; tillingtongroup.co.uk).

10 Caring for your tree

The two most important things are to keep your tree watered and stop it getting too hot. If you’re not putting the tree up immediately, store it outside where it will stay cooler. Once it’s been put up, dunk it in water. There’s no need for foods or fertilisers.

After the party…

Most local authorities run a recycling service, but as a British Christmas Tree Growers Association member, we will recycle your tree free of charge.

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