While many of us opt for artificial Christmas trees these days, some of us still can’t resist the allure and tradition of a real tree – that fresh pine smell is hard to beat, after all. If that’s you, the timing of when exactly you buy your tree is of the most importance as, of course, it won’t last forever. And it turns out that it can depend on a few different factors.
Speaking to Ideal Home, the plant experts at Flowercard shared their insights on when to buy your Christmas tree this year: ‘The day you buy your Christmas tree is one of the most important decisions if you want to make sure it’s still intact throughout the festive season,’ they said.
The bad news is that, if you plan to take down your tree straight after New Year’s Eve, their advice is to buy your tree on the 28 November. However, if you’ve missed that boat, the good news is there’s still plenty of time because, if you plan to still have your tree up for the first week of January, Flowercard advises waiting until 2 December to buy your tree.
‘If you take your Christmas tree down on the twelfth night, then you should buy your tree on the 2 December,’ they said, which means you have until tomorrow to plan your Christmas tree buying trip.
‘Typically real Christmas trees last 4 to 6 weeks if they are looked after properly. So it’s important you buy your Christmas tree at the right time to avoid a sad-looking, needleless tree for Father Christmas to leave the presents under.’
Meanwhile, gardening expert Samantha Jones from MyJobQuote said that you should also consider the variety of tree you are planning to buy: ‘For low drop trees like Nordman firs, you can purchase them up to 4 weeks before Christmas, but for European spruce trees, get them mid-December as they tend to dry up faster.’
There are a few other tricks you can use to keep your tree looking its absolute best for as long as possible this festive season, such as this genius lemonade hack. And if you do go for an artificial tree this year, remember this clever trick that will make it look fuller and more realistic.