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Real or artificial Christmas trees?

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50shadesofknackered Sun 18-Sep-16 09:09:36

I would love a real Christmas tree this year but we love to put our tree up at the beginning of December, will the tree have dropped and all the needles be on the floor by Christmas day? We also have a dog that will eat/tread on all the pine needles. When does everyone else put up their real trees and do they 'last' ok?

flapjackfairy Sun 18-Sep-16 14:45:39

I have a real tree in a pot so roots still on. I put up at beginning of dec and it is fine still at 12th night. It goes out in pot and sometimes it is still ok for next xmas as long as you water it well .

LokisUnderpants Sun 18-Sep-16 14:48:33

You can get non shed. Additionally we have a stand with a trough and we keep it topped up with water. Keeps the tree fresh until at least New Years.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 18-Sep-16 16:07:34

I have a potted real tree that is about 6 years old, it is the scabbiest little thing imagineable for 9 months of the year fgrin but manages to get some new growth for Christmas. It has outdoor solar lights on it , and I don't bring it indoors because it probably houses half the spiders in Essex.
I might put it out in the front garden this year?

I have a prelit faux tree and I flipping DETEST the thing with passion. We bought a real tree a few years ago but it was very uneven, dropped its needles and was about £50, so the next year we got this prelit.
I think we've had it maybe 5 years?

I will this year buy a good quality faux, with prelits actually on the ends of the branches not wired like this one.

Real trees are lovely and once you get them upright and in a good heavy water reservoir with the base lopped a bit (the place you buy them should be able to do this) pretty low maintenance , just keep an eye on the water level.

OutOfAces Sun 18-Sep-16 19:23:50

We go to a cut-your-own place on the first weekend in December and keep it up until twelfth night. Ours never lose lots of needles but does start to drop a bit once we get past New Year but is fine for the whole of December (wouldn't have any problems if we took it down on the 2nd or 3rd).

Get a really fresh one and keep it well watered and it should be fine.

50shadesofknackered Mon 19-Sep-16 09:29:45

Great thanks, it sounds like if you look after them and water them enough they last fine. Can't wait to the tree up now

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