Grow Your Own

December Christmas Tree tips

•Once you get your cut Christmas tree home, take it out of its net and leave it in a bucket of water outdoors until you are ready to decorate it, says the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA)
•Avoid placing it too close to a fire or radiator, as it will dry out and the needles will drop off, says the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
•Saw 1in (2.5cm) off the bottom of your tree before placing it in a stand with water in the base, advises the RHS
•Check the water levels daily and keep it topped up
•Turn off any underfloor heating near the tree, or place a mat underneath it
•Cut trees should last about four weeks inside
•If you have a living tree in a pot, display it in a cool room. Bring it indoors as late as possible, preferably the weekend before Christmas
•Living trees should not be in the house any longer than 12 days

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