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Is it too early to buy a real Christmas tree?

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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 ?

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!

BigWellyLittleWelly Mon 02-Dec-13 13:15:42

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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