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When to Buy a Real Christmas Tree

Every family’s holiday traditions differ, naturally, and one of the debates people can’t seem to reach an agreement on is when to get a real Christmas tree. While there isn’t a simple answer to this question, in this post, we will do our best to explain the different circumstances and help you decide when the right time is for you.

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So, if you:

  • Are asking yourself how early can you buy a real Christmas tree;
  • Are wondering how long will a real Christmas tree last;
  • Want to know how to keep a real Christmas tree alive,

Then read on, because this post is just for you!

When should you buy a real Christmas tree?

One of the questions we often ask ourselves when the holiday season comes around is “When should I buy a real Christmas tree?”, and more often than not we turn to the internet for advice. With lots of conflicting information floating around forums and gardening blogs, we decided to answer this question once and for all. So, when is the best time to buy a live Christmas tree?

Well, it depends on several factors. Namely, it depends on what type of tree you’re buying, when you want to put it up and take it down, and how much care you’re willing to provide. However, for those of you who want a general answer, you should wait to buy a real Christmas tree until the first week of December. If you want a more in-depth look at the issue, keep on reading.

Waiting until the very last minute to buy a Christmas tree will most likely mean that all the good trees are sold out, so don’t put it off for too long. However, if you install your tree too early, chances are that it will look pretty sad by Christmas day. The key is understanding your tree and striking that perfect balance between keeping it looking great and buying it early enough to be able to get a fresh one.

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If you decide to go for a Nordmann Fir tree, you can buy it as early as mid to late November. This type of Christmas tree is known for its longevity and excellent needle retention, meaning it will still look fresh come Christmas (as long as you provide proper care, of course).

For Norway Spruce trees, it is recommended to wait until December, as they won’t last as long as some other varieties. However, they are the perfect choice for people who want a more traditional Christmas tree look.

When it comes to potted trees, it’s best to wait to bring them inside until about a week or two before Christmas. This is because potted Christmas trees only last about 12 days indoors. Of course, you can buy it earlier and keep it outside in a sheltered spot until it’s time to bring it in.

How long does a real Christmas tree last?

Again, how long a Christmas tree will last depends on its type, as well as how well you look after it. Most cut trees will last around 4-6 weeks when adequately taken care of. For example, given the right conditions, a Nordmann Fir can last up to 5 weeks.

To keep your real Christmas tree looking fresh for as long as possible, you need to provide proper care. Which brings us to our tips on…

Looking after a real Christmas tree

As we mentioned previously, proper real Christmas tree care can keep it looking great longer. So, we offer you some essential tips on how to care for a real Christmas tree. And, if you want a more in-depth guide, take a look at our blog post on the matter:

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  • Choose a fresh tree.
    Naturally, an old tree won’t last as long as a fresh one. So, check the tree before you buy it. Glossy green needles are usually a good sign, but it doesn’t hurt to do a quick test, too. Run your hand along the branches gently or tap the tree on the ground. If the needles fall out easily, keep looking.
  • Provide enough moisture.
    You’ll be surprised how much water a cut Christmas tree can drink. So, make sure you top up its water daily, before the water in the stand or container drops below the trunk base. Cutting about 2.5cm off the bottom before you install it will also help the tree absorb more water.
  • Avoid heat.
    Keep your Christmas tree away from heat sources, such as radiators and fireplaces, as heat can dry it out and make the needles fall off sooner. Not to mention that it can be a fire hazard, too. Oh, and don’t forget to turn off the tree lights before you go to bed.

Pot-grown trees might require extra care. Read our helpful article to learn how to look after a pot-grown Christmas tree

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If going out in the cold and looking through endless Christmas trees is not how you want to spend your day, we have a solution for you! Fantastic Services can take care of all your needs, offering you a real Christmas tree delivery and installation service.

With various sizes of the beautiful Nordmann Fir to choose from and the newly introduced pot-grown Norway Spruce trees, we surely have the right tree for every household. So, don’t hesitate to contact us and arrange your service to make Christmas that much more enjoyable.

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  • When to buy a real Christmas tree depends on the type of tree, when you want to put it up and how long you want to keep it.
  • Generally, we recommend that you buy a real Christmas tree at the start of December.
  • You can buy a Nordmann Fir tree as early as mid or late November.
  • How long a real Christmas tree lasts depends on the type of tree and the care you provide.
  • With proper maintenance, your tree can last from 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Keep your tree well-watered and away from heat sources to keep it fresh longer.


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