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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


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.

LilySwalLoosHerTurkeyBaster Wed 16-Dec-09 22:06:45

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

ByeByePrivacy Sat 23-Dec-17 00:43:22

I know it’s a zombie thread but goggles and my tree also smells like the rotting water when you’ve had flowers in a vase for too long.
Don’t know whether to just empty all the water and just let it dry or now, or add some bleach to the water. Never usually have this problem with trees, they last for months

fromtheshires Sat 23-Dec-17 01:04:32

Zombie thread, zombie tree? Just a thought as it's dead and rotting. Be careful it doesn't start going for the living and remember if it does, aim for the head.

In all seriousness, has it just lost the nice pine smell and it is now it's more natural earthy smell with it being old. We have had cut trees outside a warehouse by us since mid November so assuming they were cut at least a few days before that the trees are almost a couple of months old now...

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