Homeschool Garden Club - How to Choose a Real Christmas Tree

November is coming to an end and we are now starting to look at head to Christmas time. Some of you are are already counting down the days. It is soon time to put up a Christmas tree and tree dressing Day is on its ways.

With Christmas trees for inside the house family traditions are divided into one of two camps...real or artificial tree?

For many families buying a real Christmas tree often marks the start of the season. The family going together and choosing which tree available is an adventure all in itself - followed by getting it home in the car and working if the room is tall enough when the tree is stood up in its stand.

This year, we also have the add issue of choosing a tree under Covid-19 restriction. Remember, be safe by keeping your space if the area around the trees on sale gets crowded.

So just how do you choose a real Christmas tree?

Getting Started

Take care to get the size of the space the tree is going into first, in other words - measure. It is well known that trees always look much bigger once you actually get them into your home. So, we need to use our maths skills first to measure the hight of the room and then working out the volume of the tree in the area where you are going to site it. Write these down and take the measurement with you when you are picking the tree - especially if you are choosing one from an outside Christmas tree seller. Always keep size in mind when you’re choosing your tree, and try not to get carried away.

If you buy this week you will need to think about needle- drop. The first thing to consider is that there are very rarely completely needle-drop trees.

However, the difference between a non-dropper and a normal tree bought off a forecourt can be substantial. You might still get a bit of needle drop, but you won’t find yourself wading through pine needles before the big day.

Make sure you get a fresh tree, as it’s far more likely to last the season. The best way to check this is to give the tree a nice tap on the ground; if a load of needles fall off, then the tree is already on its way out and you should go buy a different tree.

Types of Real Christmas Tree

There are a range of stunning real Christmas trees available in the UK. All of them have their own positive points. Deciding which tree you should buy depends on a range of factors including how the tree will look, the size of the room you’re putting it in, value for money and, perhaps most importantly, how much mess it’s going to cause by dropping needles.

Nordman Fir

The Nordman Fir is the best-selling tree in the UK today, with deep green foliage and bigger, softer needles than the spruces. It generally has a full shape and with the proper care will retain its needles until long after the Christmas festivities are over. Nordmans are British-grown and offer a full-bodied shape. The foliage is usually rich and shiny. The classic Christmas tree by all accounts.

Fraser Fir

The Fraser Fir is the second most popular Christmas tree. It is similar in appearance to the Nordman, but with slightly shorter needles that have a silver colour to their underside, enhancing the overall colour. This tree also has a very pleasant scent. It’s a slim tree, so works well for smaller rooms and will cling onto it the majority of its needles until you decide to take it down.

Norway Spruce

The Norway Spruce is the traditional choice, which, for many years was the only tree used at Christmas. It bears light green foliage with short, fairly sharp needles. Its popularity has declined in recent years as other species have become more readily available at affordable prices but it still remains good value for money.

Pot-grown Trees

If you’re looking for something that’ll last beyond the festive period, consider a pot-grown tree. While most Christmas trees in the UK are sold cut – chunkier, hardier pot-grown versions are available too in a range of species.

A pot-grown tree has every chance of being successfully transplanted to the garden after the season has finished, adding extra value and appeal. Something that does appeal for those of us in the Orchard Training Homeschool Garden Club. Alternatively you could just plant the tree out side and hadn't outside Christmas lights all over it an share the joy with your neighbours.

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