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Our Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree Care

Our Christmas Trees

There is a year-round commitment to looking after our fresh Christmas trees with various jobs carried out through all seasons. The average 6ft Christmas tree takes between six and 10 years to grow and we plant new trees every other year to maintain a constant supply of trees of all heights. Our young trees are bought from a reputable nursery and left to grow for a couple of years. Then every tree is hand pruned to enhance the density and shape of the trees. Every year the “bud rubbing” takes place in June. This is the practice of pruning stray shoots, helping the trees to grow bushier and in proportion.

Then there is the marking and grading of trees ready for the harvest during November or sometimes earlier depending on demand

The harvest period is very intense, often in bad weather but we like to think of it as character building!

Willie and Conall at harvest time


Nordman Fir – Non-needle-drop-variety

The stalwart of Christmas, the mighty bush. Nordmann Fir is overwhelmingly the most popular choice with it's fine symmetrical, pyramid shape and strong branches. It’s the perfect indoor tree with excellent needle retention.

Its big, glossy green needles are soft to touch, and the scent of Christmas Fir makes it a favourite for all the family to decorate.

Tree Care

Your tree needs to be looked after to keep it looking and feeling its premium best throughout the festive season. Here are a couple of our top tips to help keep your tree fresh and happy.

One of trees stunningly decorated at Alchemy House

If storing your tree for a couple of days before putting it up, place the base in a container of water and store in a cool place away from direct sunlight. A Xmas tree will still take in water long after it has been cut!

Before you bring it inside, hold it upright and give it a couple of bangs on the ground. This helps remove any old needles that the tree naturally has.

If you can, cut half an inch from the bottom of the tree trunk.

Once inside put it in its stand, in the position you would like it, before cutting the netting and releasing your tree.

Keep your tree away from direct heat i.e radiators and fires or sunny windows.

Most importantly water your tree daily. Most stands are designed to take water, if yours isn’t just drop your tree through the stand into a bowl or mug with water in it..decorated festively of course!

When the festivities are over take your tree to your local recycle centre that accepts wood and garden waste. Your tree can then be chipped to use for mulch in parks, gardens and woodlands.