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Help! My Christmas tree has started to smell. It's decomposing isn't it?

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Nevergoogle Wed 16-Dec-09 21:57:09

Help.

I bought it on saturday from the forestry commission. It's in a pot, but doesn't have any water. I didn't think it would need it.

Now my living room smells like it's got a huge decomposing tree in the corner which we've lovingly decorated.

I don't remember this smell being part of my christmas childhood memories.

thisisyesterday Wed 16-Dec-09 22:03:07

when you say it's in a pot do you mean it's cut, and sitting in a pot,. or it still has roots and is in a pot?

our potted (with rootball) one started to reek last year and it was because i'd watered it and the water in the tray had gone all manky

whomovedmychocolate Wed 16-Dec-09 22:05:19

Do you have a cat. Our cat used to widdle on the tree every year....till the year he did it when the lights were already on shock grin

Nevergoogle Wed 16-Dec-09 22:06:29

it's cut and in a pot.

no cats.

Surely it can't be decomposing already ?
Have had ours in water since last Thurs and can still smell new xmas tree ?

Nevergoogle Wed 16-Dec-09 22:07:24

it smells like the water in a vase after you've left flowers in too long.

there's no water though.

SleighGirl Wed 16-Dec-09 22:10:10

err give it some water asap?

thisisyesterday Wed 16-Dec-09 22:11:29

stupid question probably, but have you checked that there is no water?

i mean, could your dh/dp or one of the kids put water in it??

Nevergoogle Wed 16-Dec-09 22:17:02

The water would have had to go in before the tree. It's a big red pot with a bit in the middle that you grip the tree sort of vice-like.

Dh says it smells fine. hmm

SleighGirl Wed 16-Dec-09 22:21:31

but if you don't give it water it's going to decompose very quickly, arn't you supposed to give cut trees water?

bran Wed 16-Dec-09 22:23:29

Give it some water with a couple of teaspoons of bleach in it. You shouldn't be able to smell that small a quantity of bleach but it will kill any nasty bacteria. (Trust me on this, I'm a florist's daughter.)

thisisyesterday Wed 16-Dec-09 22:24:48

hmmm, bizarre, i wouldn't have thought the entire tree would just decompose- it'd just dry out really.

it must be something else you can smell I reckon

Nevergoogle Wed 16-Dec-09 22:24:49

I can only give it water by removing it from the stand/pot though.

Nevergoogle Wed 16-Dec-09 22:25:21

could there be a dead squirrel in it somewhere?

thisisyesterday Wed 16-Dec-09 22:25:31

we never gave our tree water when i was a kid, and ours always lasted a good couple of weeks indoors

whomovedmychocolate Wed 16-Dec-09 23:06:08

<snort> @ squirrel grin

Nevergoogle Thu 17-Dec-09 23:24:40

DH now agreeing with me that the tree has a pong.

misdee Thu 17-Dec-09 23:35:19

water your tree

Nevergoogle Thu 17-Dec-09 23:38:17

eek! that is definitely not good.

Shinyshoes2 Thu 18-Dec-14 14:59:16

I've just googled "my Christmas tree is rotting " and this came up
Horrah for mumsnet!!'
We have an awful rotting smell and the tree is the only thing I can think of it being
I've hunted high and low and there's no manly food anywhere
Could it be the tree ???
It's got plenty of water
I don't fancy taking the huge decorated tree from the base to look and clean from now til after bloody Christmas :-((
Its only been watered twice and we've had it 2 weeks , it doesn't seem to be drinking the water

Shinyshoes2 Thu 18-Dec-14 15:00:32

Anyone else had/heard of this
And it's meant to say manky food not manly food hmm

MrsIgglePiggle Thu 18-Dec-14 16:05:03

Could a fox or a deer have urinated on it?

Shinyshoes2 Thu 18-Dec-14 16:07:14

Nope , it's in the corner of my living room and has been for the last fortnight

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