Christmas Tree Care Guide & What To Choose

Christmas Tree Care Guide

To keep your Christmas tree looking fresh throughout the festive season, here are a few simple care tips to follow.

  • To avoid drying, keep your Christmas tree in a cooler area, away from heat sources such as radiators, direct sunlight and fires (the latter is particularly important to avoid risk of fire).
  • If you're opting to add fairy lights to your Christmas tree, be sure to turn these off before you leave the room.
  • Ensure trees have constant access to water, as they do need to stay well hydrated once indoors.

Premium Fresh Cut Trees:

  • Make sure your Christmas tree stand is the right size, as whittling the tree down to fit in a smaller container will inhibit its ability to absorb water. We sell a great range of Christmas tree stands in the Garden Centre, for a variety of different sized Christmas trees.
  • Before placing your cut Christmas tree in its stand, remove a one-inch thick disk from the bottom of the trunk: this will help to improve the tree's water uptake.
  • Once home, place your Christmas tree in water as soon as possible - Christmas trees don't like being out of water for too long.

Pot Grown Christmas Trees:

  • Once you have bought your pot grown Christmas tree, keep it outside until it is ready to be decorated.
  • While pot grown Christmas trees do need to be kept well watered, they will also need to be well drained: placing your pot grown Christmas tree on a saucer is advisable.
  • Decorating with fairy lights? Opt for those with smaller bulbs, to ensure minimal leaf damage.
  • After the festivities of Christmas are over, it's time to move your pot grown Christmas tree outside for the year: re-potting into a larger pot is a good way to aid growth.


Once you've settled on which variety of Christmas tree to go for, it's time to decide whether to get a pot-grown or freshly cut Christmas tree. As with everything, both options have their pros and cons.  

Cut Christmas trees easily claim the title for ease of use: they're already a good size, and will just need prepping, displaying and decorating to their full potential. For anyone looking for a visually attractive tree ready to be enjoyed, opting for a cut Christmas tree could be the best choice. Our British grown cut Christmas trees will last throughout the Christmas season, right up until the Twelfth Day of Christmas (and possibly even longer!). 

Pot grown Christmas trees are a long-term investment rather than offering immediate payoff. While still boasting a lovely festive appearance, they do tend to be a little smaller when first bought and take some time to reach their full size. However, they retain their needles much better than cut Christmas trees and offer the bonus of year on year use, making them a long-term money saver.  

Pot grown Christmas trees will do well inside for around one month, after which they can be moved outside and either kept potted or planted in well drained soil, to be used again next year. 

Inspired to go for a real Christmas tree this year? Why not pop in to the Garden Centre, take a look at our wide selection, and don't hesitate to ask our Beetham Nurseries garden experts for help in choosing the best tree for you. 

Prefer to go for something a little more low maintenance? We also have a great range of artificial Christmas trees in store and online, shop now.

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