How to not kill your Christmas tree by following these 3 easy festive steps

Don’t fall into the common Christmas tree killing traps: here’s how to keep your Christmas tree alive and well until well beyond the big day

Keep your tree looking tip-top this festive season
Keep your tree looking tip-top this festive season

A Christmas tree is the perfect way to introduce some festive spirit to your home, and the centrepiece of any festive interior decorations.

Yet, nothing could be worse than the browned corpse of your tree dropping its brittle needles all over the presents below.

Killing Christmas trees is a very real problem in the UK, with 63% of people feeling their tree loses its smell, pines and deep colour before the big day rolls around.

The outcome? 43% of tree killers feel less Christmassy.

That is according to data collected by BestHeating, who identified some of the key hazards that face Christmas trees in the home. Spruce things up this year and ensure your tree stays in tip-top condition by reading on.

How do you keep your real Christmas tree alive throughout the festive season?

No one likes a dead Christmas tree



It’s not as hard as you’d think to keep your Christmas tree alive


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The solution to this festive faux pas is thought to be focused around the temperature of your home. Deemer Cass of gardening firm Fantastic Gardeners breaks down the crucial points.

Heat sources

Avoid putting your real Christmas tree near a radiator or fire place – fail to do this and you’re inviting your tree to dry out. Drying out will speed up the rate it wilts, drops its needles and begin look about as Christmassy as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Instead, try to keep your tree between 16C and 18C. While the temptation is always there to have your tree in the most aesthetically pleasing spot.

If this is close to a heat source that is used often, it is unlikely to be the perfect location for it.

Deemer says: “We recommend you water a Christmas tree once a day with cold water. For a cut tree, although it looks amazing when positioned in front of an open fireplace, never do this as it will dry out.”


The ideal winter humidity level in your home is between 45% and 50%, with anything too dry likely to see the tree wilt.

If this is the case for you, it is recommended that you use a humidifier to keep the conditions just right for your tree.

Deemer says: “Do not keep a potted Christmas tree indoors for more than 12 days at a time as it cannot survive in the warm temperatures indoors.

“Move your tree outside every 10-12 days for around 24-30 hours to allow the tree to recharge. Once the holidays are over it’s best to move it outdoors indefinitely so that it can continue to thrive.”

Where is the best place to put your Christmas tree?

Not only do you need to make sure your tree is away from heat sources, but it is also important it is somewhere it won’t get knocked.

Obviously your tree needs to be close to a plug socket for its lights, but if possible it also makes sense to try and get it into a corner where it is safe from people brushing past.

Another top tip is cutting off the very bottom of the trunk once you’ve got your tree in the right place.

This will make sure no sap has formed over the bottom of the trunk. And, by keeping the cut fresh, the tree will absorb water better and keep it alive for longer. Just don’t forget to water it!

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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