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How to Grow Nordmann Fir Trees

It’s Christmas tree hunting time! Since holidays are behind the corner, it’s time to get started with the festive preparations. The first thing on your to-do list is to choose your new Christmas tree. As soon as you decide what kind of tree you want – a real or an artificial one, the fun part begins – choosing and decorating it!

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So, if you:

  • Are thinking of getting a Nordmann Fir this Christmas;
  • Want to know more about how to care for and maintain them;
  • Are interested in the benefits of live Christmas trees,

Then read on! This post has the answers.

What is a Nordmann Fir?

Nordmann Fir is the most popular Christmas tree in Britain. It is a slow-growing tree and if you are wondering how much does a Nordmann Fir grow in a year – the answer is a very little. The tree can take up to 10 years to get about 2 metres tall before it gets cut. But how tall can a Nordmann Fir become if left to grow? Well, it can get up to 60 metres tall and 2 metres wide.

This type of fir tree can be found in the mountains of Turkey, Georgia, the Russian Caucasus and even on the south and east parts of the Black Sea. Nordmann Fir grows in regions at 900-2,200 metres altitude and more than 1000 mm of rainfall.

The tree is very distinguishable in appearance, due to the fact that it has a perfectly symmetrical shape and glossy dark-green needles. Despite the fact that the Nordmann Fir’s leaves are called “needles”, they are actually quite soft to the touch, which makes the tree easy to decorate. Their soft foliage also makes it child- and pet-friendly.

And if you are wondering whether Nordmann Fir Christmas trees smell nice, the answer is yes. This type of fir has a specific low natural scent that can perfectly accompany the Christmas atmosphere in your home.

Nordmann Fir’s needles have a wax coating which stops allergy-inducing elements from spreading into the air. This major advantage makes the tree ideal for people suffering from various allergies.

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How long can a Nordmann Fir tree survive?

This depends on how well you take care of it. Normally, cut Christmas trees last up to four to six weeks. Another thing that makes it so exceptional is the fact that Nordmann Fir Christmas trees are non-drop.

As a matter of fact, the Nordmann Fir is known to have second-to-none needle retention. In other words, you don’t have to worry about loads of fallen needles on top of your Christmas presents and under your Christmas tree. This is just one of the Nordmann Fir benefits that you get with its purchase.

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How to Grow Nordmann Fir Trees

Growing your own Christmas tree in your garden will make your Christmas magical. Nordman Fir trees are one of the easiest varieties of Christmas trees to grow, and they are disease-resistant, too.

Here is all you need to know about growing your own Nordmann Fir tree:

  1. Choose the right spot.

    Do this before you purchase your tree. The spot will serve as an orientation to how large your tree should grow. When planting Nordmann Fir trees, make sure there is spacing of at least 1.2m between them. The tree will need pruning at a certain moment so don’t plant it near house foundations or anywhere around wires.

  2. Choose the right soil.

    Remember that the Nordmann Fir’s soil requirements are very specific. The tree demands moisture and good drainage. Avoid acidic and chalky soil, as well as heavy clay or sandy types. The growth of Nordman Fir trees highly depends on the soil condition. On the other hand, if the land is too fertile, the tree will grow quicker than it has to, becoming “leggy” and lacking that beautiful cone shape.

  3. Plant your tree.

    Remember that planting a Nordmann Fir should take place as soon as possible after the purchase (within four days), especially if it’s not potted. Make sure the tree’s roots are protected from sunlight until planting. Dig a hole and place your tree deep enough, so the root collar is at ground level and well firmed in. It should be about 30 centimetres wider than your tree’s root spread.

  4. Fill the hole with mulch.

    This will improve the soil’s texture, keep moisture from evaporating and discourage weeds. In January or February remove the mulch and fill the hole with soil.

  5. Protect it from pests.

    Invest in a rabbit-proof fence that should be buried at least one metre with the bottom edge in a trench to prevent bunnies from digging under. Other Christmas tree lovers are deer, and they will squeeze through narrow gaps in fence wire, so in extreme cases, deer fencing may be required. As the tree develops, watch out for aphids. These can be controlled by pesticide application several times a year through the growing period. You’d be better off consulting a specialist on the matter.

  6. Control the weeds.

    Good quality Nordman Firs will grow healthy only if kept away from weeds. The lower foliage branches are susceptible to weeds and will go brown if suppressed. You can use Glyphosate as weed control, but once again, specialist advice may be necessary.

  7. Do some shearing.

    This technique improves the tree’s shape, especially if there has been vigorous growth. The result of shearing is a bushy tree with a beautiful shape. Also, pruning away any dead and diseased branches is essential.

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How to care for a Nordmann Fir Tree

If you’ve decided to place your Christmas tree indoors, you should know how to take proper care of it. Every plant has its own special requirements and the Nordmann Fir is no exception. Here are a few very simple tips on how to preserve a Nordmann Fir Christmas tree around the holidays:

  1. Cut the stem.
    Once your supplier delivers your Nordmann Fir Christmas tree, use a saw to cut about 5 centimetres of the stem.
  2. Put the tree in a container full of water right away.
    Make sure to keep your tree hydrated with water. You don’t need to add any commercially made mixes to it.
  3. Monitor the container.
    You have to make sure to always have water in contact with the stem.
  4. Avoid heat sources.
    Never place your tree near heat sources such as a fireplace, electric heaters, air conditioners, etc.
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Real Christmas Trees Benefits

Nothing can beat the look and scent of a live Christmas tree. It just has that unreplaceable holiday vibe. If you’re still wondering whether you should get a real Christmas tree this year, here are benefits that can help you decide:

  • Unforgettable natural scent and green colour.
  • Numerous variations on the market.
  • Buying from a Christmas tree farm provides new job positions.
  • It’s the traditional choice people go for.


  • A Nordmann Fir Tree is the most popular type of live Christmas tree in Britain because of its aesthetic appearance and nice fragrance;
  • A Nordmann Fir Tree is easy to grow in the yard, just make sure you have the right spot for it;
  • If you bring a Nordmann Fir Tree indoors, make sure to place it in a water container and keep it away from heat sources.

Christmas is the holiday we all love and can’t wait for. However, sometimes it can become quite stressful, especially when it comes to preparation. That’s why we advise you to start early and why not with the purchase of your Nordmann Fir Christmas tree? Think ahead so you can fully enjoy your favourite holiday this season. Happy tree hunting!


Do you buy real or artificial Christmas trees? Have you ever grown a real Nordmann Fir Christmas tree? Tell us in the comments!

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