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To think we've been sold a dud Christmas tree?

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SouthernNorthernGirl Sun 18-Dec-16 18:06:27

First time we've had a real one. DH & I bought one from the local 'pop up' store. It's outside, and the guy is selling a large selection of them. He does this annually.

We've got it outside in the shed, and I've just been looking online - everything he's said seems opposite to what I'm finding.
For example, I asked him how I will be able to water it, and where do I find a pot big enough.(it has a truck type base on the end) He told me that I wont need to water them at all, as it's only a week away confused
I asked him how long ago it had been cut - he told me that all Christmas trees are cut at least a week before they go into garden centres / stores.

Anyway, at the time all seemed fine. We chose our tree, he wrapped it in the machine and we bought it home. Now I'm googling, and worried. I wish we had bought the pot grown one we saw in our local Dobbies. DH says I'm being unreasonable, and it will be fine.

redannie118 Sun 18-Dec-16 18:19:56

We have a cut one every year. The Nordman pines barely drop but I do water it every 2-3 days. The stand we have it in is from a standard garden centre and has a moat at the bottom for water, a little red button on the side pops up when you water it and drops level as the water is soaked up so you know when it needs to be watered. You could leave it without water but in a centrally heated room it will start to drop after a few days and you would probably need to rid of it by Christmas

redannie118 Sun 18-Dec-16 18:20:36

New year thato should be !!!

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Sun 18-Dec-16 18:28:03

It will be fine. Just find out how to water it ( redannie's advice is good) or ask at a garden centre.

If the guy sells them every year, they're probably decent trees but he just isn't an expert on after care and couldn't answer your questions in very knowledgeable way that's all.

Whatsername17 Sun 18-Dec-16 18:30:58

We have a cut tree every year and we get it on the 1st of December. We go to a nursery and dh cuts it. Cut a sliver off the end of your tree and then put it in a stand with water. Keep the water topped up every couple of days. It will be fine!

monkeyfacegrace Sun 18-Dec-16 18:48:02

A lot of trees are cut in Scotland in Mid November and shipped down to England.

You're seriously over thinking this.

RhiWrites Sun 18-Dec-16 19:02:33

I've had all sorts of Xmas trees: cut, in pots and fake.

I promise a cut tree will be fine. It's full of sap. It will last through Christmas.

SouthernNorthernGirl Mon 19-Dec-16 19:59:54

Thanks for all the tips - I was overthinking, you're all right, as usual fgrin

We bought it up and decorated. So far, all is good.

I'll be off to get one of those tree stands.

XiCi Mon 19-Dec-16 20:04:22

Have one every year and have never watered them. Haven't given it a second thought tbh. Has always lasted through the Xmas period

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