Caring for your Tree

We do not start our main harvesting operation until December, so you know that your Coddington Conifer has been freshly cut, and so will be in the best possible condition to retain its needles until twelfth night.

You may have suffered in the past from trees imported from the continent which soon become quite bare because they were lifted sometime in October. A freshly-cut tree stands a much better chance. But even limpets need a regular soaking to remain healthy - and the same applies to your tree!

CUT TREES

  • If you have a sharp saw, cut one inch from the base to provide a freshly cut surface, as this will be better able to absorb water.

  • Erect the tree in a bucket or stand.

  • Keep topped up with water on a daily basis.

ROOTED TREES

  • Ensure that the roots are kept damp, and not allowed to dry out.

  • When you get the tree home store it outside as long as possible. The sooner it enters the house, the sooner it will have to defend itself against your central heating.

  • Soak the roots in water, and wrap them in a polythene bag, or plant them in a pot with moist sand or soil - or plant it temporarily in the ground.

  • When you bring the tree indoors, mount it in a pot or bucket with moist sand or soil. It is preferable to site it away from sources of heat such as fires or radiators.

  • Top your Christmas Tree pot up with water daily to keep the roots moist - you will be surprised how much water it will use.

A little care now will certainly be well worth the effort.

POSSIBLE INSECTS

Although it is unlikely that there will be any aphids or other insects in your tree, current mild autumns may encourage some insects to overwinter as adults, and we are not keen to use precautionary insecticides. These insects will almost certainly be harmless to yourselves or your pets, but if this is a concern, then consider the following:

  • Unwrap the tree and store with the cut stem in water in a warm garage or utility room for 24 hours.

  • Then take it outside and give a robust shake or bang the cut stem on a solid surface to shake out any unwanted inhabitants.

  • If, after decoration, some insects do appear, then consider using a household insecticide. This MUST have a recommendation for "house plants" as others may damage the foliage. Ideally these will contain a product with ......thrin in the contents.