Is it too early to buy a real Christmas tree?

(39 Posts)
Shinyshoes1 Sun 01-Dec-13 10:22:33

That's it really , is it too early ? Will it be dead by Christmas day ?

When should I look at getting one ?

TheOnlySeven Sun 01-Dec-13 10:26:59

No I'm getting mine on Tuesday. Just make sure you water it daily, and a non-drop one will last better.

DameDeepRedBetty Sun 01-Dec-13 10:28:33

Unless it's in a pot with roots, and you keep it watered, it will be pretty ill by Christmas. Also I don't think they like being inside a warm house even if rooted and potted.

I tend to do the decorating after school breaks up - in fact, try very hard to keep all the Christmas stuff until then.

Shinyshoes1 Sun 01-Dec-13 10:30:39

Oh ... Do they come with roots then ? I'll need a pot too by the sounds of it ...

Goodness , you can tell I've never bought a real tree before

TheOnlySeven Sun 01-Dec-13 10:31:01

Honestly it will be fine. They wouldn't sell them this early if they'd be dead by Christmas would they?

TheOnlySeven Sun 01-Dec-13 10:33:22

There was a thread on this the other day, get a sawn one as they last better. You can get a stand for it from home base or B&Q or a larger supermarket might have one.

Follyfoot Sun 01-Dec-13 10:34:12

We usually buy about 10 - 12 days before Christmas - one of the non drop ones. By New Year its well past its best. Even though its watered regularly, the needles are drying out and the colour is much duller. I wouldn't buy a tree now.

whereisthewitch Sun 01-Dec-13 10:34:26

We always buy one on the 1st... only one year it was dead but I think because we positioned it too close to the fire!
Just water it and keep it away from a heat source, we bought a stand thing from b&q and just watere the stump in it.
You can't beat a real tree! !!!

DoubleLifeIsALifeOfSorts Sun 01-Dec-13 14:12:42

Oh, I got one yesterday sad

Can you water it if it's cut and attached to a bigger piece of wood as a stand?

Ds is going to pop if we didn't start Christmas fun now... His nursery has been practicing Christmas songs since September!

Pufflemum Sun 01-Dec-13 15:09:55

We got ours today, the forest was packed with people taking trees, so if you leave it too late you won't get a good (ie big) one. Luckily we have a cold house so it should survive as well in our hall as it would cut down in a pile at the forest!

MrsClauswearsspanx Sun 01-Dec-13 15:42:59

We got ours yesterday. And it's always been fine.

CremeEggThief Sun 01-Dec-13 15:47:40

I have an artificial one currently, but the earliest I've ever bought a real one is the 10th of December. They last fine up til the 6th January then, IME.

Luggage16 Sun 01-Dec-13 16:37:36

ours always goes up on the first and lasts until new year no problem - you get what you pay for though, we always go for a non dropping one, cut the base off and water it regularly.

notthefirstagainstthewall Sun 01-Dec-13 16:46:47

If you buy a ready cut one (as opposed to one freshfrom the field) it get the end cut of again because they seal themselves when cut. Soak the end in a bucket of water for a few days in the garden so that it has taken in as much water as it can.

Then just hope for the best!!

I don't mind needle drop- makes the room smell nice every time you vacuum.

clam Sun 01-Dec-13 16:50:34

I will buy mine tomorrow (taking the kids after school - always empty on a Monday, unlike the weekends) and leave it outside until next weekend, when ds is limbering up to boss the hell out of us organise decorating.
They always say you should leave it outside for a while before bringing it in, but I'm not sure why. Surely it's already been outside for weeks, so why will being on my patio instead of outside the shop make a difference?

MamaBear17 Sun 01-Dec-13 17:24:24

We get ours on the 1st every year. We choose it, it is cut there and then and still looks lovely on New Years Day. DH reckons that cutting some ridges into the base and daily watering helps.

EatingAllTheCrumpets Sun 01-Dec-13 17:27:22

We get ours on or around the 1st, it's soaked outside for 7-10 days (depending how impatient I am!) then put up. We have a ridiculously hot house so have to keep it well watered and it's dead by mid Jan so it does come down in the first week or so of Jan

Farahilda Sun 01-Dec-13 17:31:54

It depends on when to intend takngit down.

If you are going to be traditional the it needs to last until 12th Night, so I think it would be worth waiting another coup,e of weeks.

Of course, if you have say someone with an early January birthday or another overwhelming reason to break from tradition and take it down early, the you'd probably be OK any time from now on.

Acinonyx Sun 01-Dec-13 17:44:30

We got ours today and dh is getting it set up right now. It was sawn off not potted, 7 ft. We take it down before NY. If you get one that has good needle retention you should be OK (it was not cheap...). We have a stand thing that lets you water it.

Dilidali Sun 01-Dec-13 17:45:09

Bought ours today smile there were lots of people buying trees.
Got a non-drop one, 6ft, £45.
In a bucket with some compost. Never had a real one so can't tell you. smile

5Foot5 Sun 01-Dec-13 18:07:09

We were out in the forest today and there were loads of people out buying their tree. We will probably wait until next weekend and I always try to get a Nordmann as they don't drop. We put ours in a metal stand

Vivacia Sun 01-Dec-13 19:18:45

Where's this forest where you can just go and cut a tree down? Or is it like pick-your-own where you pay entry?

losersaywhat Sun 01-Dec-13 20:56:24

We got ours yesterday, a fraser fir from the local country park. I normally take it down the first week in January cos its annoying me by then, I find they dont shed that many needles and still look good weeks later.

Don't leave it too late though or you'll be buying the dregs (like the last loaf of bread that everyone has had a squeeze of on Bank Holiday Monday)

We used to buy ours 10-14 days before, leave it outside until we needed it. A cast iron water stand, and the place where we bought it used to cut the end.

Yes we got needle drop but it's part of the deal with real trees. sad

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Sun 01-Dec-13 21:15:47

Ours went up yesterday. Saw a couple of inches and water it every day. We always get a real tree and they are always fine. Get a good one though, I think ours was a nordic spruce.

Pixiepie Sun 01-Dec-13 21:15:59

buy a fake one. No needles, no mess, it wont die and could last you for years and they look very real now!

clam Sun 01-Dec-13 22:50:42

I disagree. I've never seen a fake one yet that looks truly authentic. And they don't have that Christmassy aroma either.
Got to be a 'real' one!

Acinonyx Mon 02-Dec-13 08:48:12

The almighty mess is part of the ritual.

Saw some very good fakes at the shop - for about £400 shock shock

superlambanana Mon 02-Dec-13 11:32:39

The non-drop ones have softer, more rounded needles too. We had a dropping one one year and crawling underneath the spiky needles to water it was very painful! Also better for the dog as they're less likely to spike her in the paw famous last words

jamtoast12 Mon 02-Dec-13 12:58:45

We get a real one every year around 6-7th, never water it (just place it in its stump) and place it on the room with the coal fire and it always lasts 3-4 weeks.

canutesauntie Mon 02-Dec-13 13:10:07

You can get one now and keep it outside till you are ready to put it up. Then saw a bit off the bottom and put it in a stand that you can put water in and water every few days. Depending on the heat levels should be fine.
Got ours this morning, a lovely 8ft nordman. A family along the lane grow them. They opened at 10 and it was pandemonium down there as they are half the cost of a garden centre etc. I think they'll have sold out today! Love the fact that there are no (well 1 1/2) tree miles on it though. Feeling Christmassy now!

We want a little one this year, and because dd1 isn't well then dh is going to get it this afternoon so we can decorate it to cheer her up.

We get a sawn one and have a stand which we pour water in, position it away from heat source and it'll be fine.

ladypete Tue 03-Dec-13 10:17:04

Sorry - I am being very thick here blush but how do you water a tree? We have stood ours in the bath for a few hours before now, but once it's up, decorated etc how do you water it daily?!

I'm picturing water being poured over the carpet and extension lead.... grin

Acinonyx Tue 03-Dec-13 10:31:52

We use one of these stands

and keep it topped up with water daily.

hyenafunk Tue 03-Dec-13 11:37:20

Always put ours up on evening of 30th and it lasts into new year. We get a Norway spruce and just keep it well watered and away from heat source. It's fine.

superlambanana Tue 03-Dec-13 11:51:21

Ladypete we have ours in a stand too. As long as I'm careful and don't fill it above the holes where the screws are (that hold the trunk in place) it's fine. You do have to crawl underneath though which ain't very dignified...

girlywhirly Tue 03-Dec-13 11:54:08

Big plastic tub or bin, partially fill with gravel, stand tree in it, fill the space around the trunk with gravel, add water. Very heavy, but stable. It helps if you do this where you plan to situate the tree so that you don't need to drag/carry it.

Saw off the trunk end just before you put it in water, don't put the tree right next to a radiator, and it should be fine.

Also, don't buy a tree that is still in it's net, give it a shake and if lots of needles drop off don't buy it. The needles should be firm and springy to the touch, and a good colour, lots of dead looking limp branches/needles mean it's already wilting for lack of water so it won't last.

ladypete Tue 03-Dec-13 14:43:31

Oh thanks ladies! off to source a new WATER READY tree stand

ladypete Tue 03-Dec-13 14:44:28

Sorry, excuse the bold hmm

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