Christmas trees are an iconic symbol of the festive period, but for anyone who has a real tree in their home, the needles will start to fall off if they haven’t already. Express.co.uk spoke to Christmas tree expert Mark Rofe of ChristmasTrees.co.uk about the best ways to make your real Christmas tree last longer and how to stop the needles from falling off.
Mark said: “The tree most prone to needle fall is the Norway spruce. It is primarily an outdoor tree, making an instant impact in a city center or town square.
“Every year it can be found in Trafalgar Square in London, sent as a gift from Oslo for our help during World War II.
“Indoors, it can be more susceptible to heat and drop needles faster. If you’re going to buy Norway spruce for your home, wait a while and plant it closer to Christmas, so that it’s ready for the big day.” May it still be at its peak.
“The Nordman fir is the UK’s most popular Christmas tree, known as a ‘non-drop Christmas tree’ for its excellent ability to hold its needles throughout the festive period.
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Christmas tree feeding:
“It may come as a surprise, but using lemonade can keep your Christmas tree alive, this is because the sugar in it provides food and nutrition, while the water keeps your tree hydrated,” says Mark suggested. “It functions very similarly to the flower food you’d normally get from a florist.
“You can choose to make your own homemade flower food by adding one teaspoon of sugar, and one tablespoon of vinegar to one liter of water and giving it a good mix.
“The sugar provides nutrients, while the vinegar makes the water slightly more acidic which can help slow bacterial growth.”
Some vendors offer trees that have their roots still attached, but there are several ways to dispose of those that have a chopped tree.
Mark explained: “The way you dispose of a Christmas tree can make a big difference to the environment. If your tree ends up in a landfill, recycling your tree can reduce the environmental impact by up to 80 percent.” Could
“After Christmas, volunteers from many charities, hospices and organizations will come and collect and recycle your tree for a small suggested donation, so you can help raise money for a good cause, as well as the environment.” Be kind to
“You can find a list of those charities across the UK here.”