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How to look after your Christmas tree

Oct 31, 2017

It's that time of year again, when the decorations come out of the attic and the excitement begins to show! Here at Cotley Farm, we are certainly getting very excited. We can't wait to open on the 25th November and start spreading some Christmas joy!

We are very proud of our Christmas trees at Cotley, growing and looking after them throughout their lives so that you go home with the perfect tree. The trees are freshly cut so should last well over the festive period. However, to help you be ready to deck the halls, and of course our trees, we've put together some all-important do's and don'ts to remember when you are looking after your Christmas tree.


If you aren't decorating your tree straight away, DO keep it in a sheltered, unheated area and place the tree in a bucket of water.

Before putting it in the stand, DO cut off a disc of wood, up to an inch thick, from the base of the trunk

DO use a water holding stand which fits your tree.

DO inspect lights before placing them on the tree and try to use lights that produce low heat such as, miniature lights which reduce the drying of the tree.


DON'T keep your tree near heat sources e.g. fireplaces and televisions as this is a hazard and will also cause the tree to dry out faster. If possible, avoid putting your tree in a space with a lot of direct sunlight, as this can also affect the dryness levels.

DON'T forget to keep the tree stand filled with water. This prevents the needles from drying out and dropping.

Saying that, DON'T use hot water in the stand and DON'T use chemicals in the water as this causes the water to evaporate.

The most important thing to remember is your tree is just like a flower and will last much better if regularly watered every day. You'll be surprised how much it will drink!


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