It’s not even December yet, but eager Christmas fans are already setting up their trees – possibly to make up for last year’s limited festivities.
The Queen had 15 fabulous legs all glittering at Windsor Castle, while celebrities rushed to be first with fir trees on social media as they posted pictures of themselves.
Give it a try, Marvin Humes, Abbey Clancy and Britney Spears, and families around the country will be watching this weekend as they pick their pines.
But how to keep those needles fresh for a long time during Tet?
Veronika Kusak, director of tree company Pines and Needles – where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bought the first one together – shares her top tips.
Buy from a small, local seller, not a big chain
This way you are trying to support a small business.
You can also expect a more personal touch to the service you receive, which adds magic this time of year, especially for kids.
Another good thing, these pines tend to be harvested after being harvested in large chains, meaning they are fresher.
Nordmann Firs and Fraser Firs last the longest, averaging up to four weeks indoors.
Be careful if you bring it home for Christmas
CHOOSE a tree is the fun part, bringing it home is the hard part.
If you’re driving, flatten the backseat of your car or bring a leash to tie your cargo to the roof.
Once home, remove its protective net as soon as possible and stand it outside for a few hours before bringing it in.
This allows it time to settle back into its natural form, so when you come to decorate it, you’ll know the best branches to hang the jewelry on.
Lop a little off the bottom of the stem, so it can drink
Just like you would cut the branches at the bottom of a bouquet, do the same with the trunk of your Christmas tree.
Sawing a few inches in the leg and a fresh cut will open up the pores in the wood, helping the wood to absorb water and preventing branches from drooping, becoming brittle, and dropping the needles too quickly.
At Pines and Needles, we’ll do this for you so you don’t even need to own a saw. Other providers can do it too.
Use a special spray to keep the needle moist
ONE little-known trick is to treat your plants with what’s called an antiperspirant spray.
Also known as an anti-hygroscopic agent, this is widely available and leaves a thin, transparent waxy film on the needle’s pores to prevent moisture from escaping.
I would look for one geared towards houseplants rather than industrial use. Make sure you do this before you post and decorate, in case it leaves a small portion.
Pour it a glass to keep it hydrated
Like us, your tree will be thirsty by Christmas. Put it in a stand with water. It can drink up to THREE PINS a day, depending on its size and how warm your home is.
See the water level. If it falls to the bottom of the trunk, the plant cannot drink, its pores are sticky with sap, and it will have a hard time getting water when you fill it up.
Change the water if it smells. Siphon equals a cheap piece of turkey, which may not be the kind you use to prepare dinner.
Choose a cool place away from the heat
PLANT are creatures of habit and prefer stable conditions.
When choosing a spot for yourself, try to place it away from fireplaces or fireplaces.
Heat, like an air conditioner or dehumidifier, will dry it out much faster.
Similarly, don’t put it right in front of a window, as this will block sunlight in the winter, and when we take it, warm your home – and that means higher bills.
Give him an aspirin and he’ll feel so much better
LITTLE picks me up now and many times, just like humans enjoy, can do wonders for your tree and give it a new life.
Try dropping an aspirin in the water in the stand for stamina, or even a little lemon juice.
If you really want to treat your plants, you can even add some flower food – you probably have several bags in your kitchen drawer that come with flowers you already have.
Exchange your old lights for eco-friendly lights
BE a ray of light this festive season. If you’ve adorned your branches with identical fairy lights for years, maybe it’s time to upgrade.
Not only are LEDs more energy-efficient – saving you money on ever-increasing electricity bills – but they also give off less heat.
This means they won’t dry out your plants as much as traditional filament bulbs do.
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/4152771/sold-meghan-markle-prince-harry-christmas-tree-follow-hacks/ I sold Meghan Markle and Prince Harry their first Christmas tree