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Real Christmas Tree Care Instructions

How to look after your Christmas Tree and prevent needle loss this Christmas

Did you know…? It is possible for cut Christmas trees WITH NO ROOTS to drink water, by capillary action, through their bark – in the same way that cut flowers drink water in a vase.

Top Tips

1. Make sure you buy a quality, fresh tree!

Torwood tip – Check that the tree is fresh by gently running your fingers down the length of one of the lower branches. The needles should stay fast.

2. When you get your tree home…

If it’s too early to take the tree indoors, place the tree in a cool, dry place out of the wind – and in a bucket of water, so that the tree can drink.

Just before you take the Christmas tree in the house, saw off the bottom 1″ (2.5cm) of the trunk. This creates a fresh cut and opens up the pores in the bark, which otherwise block up with sap within a few hours of being cut. The tree is then able to drink water through these pores via capillary action.

At Torwood, we will cut the base off your tree and net it for you.

Bringing your tree indoors

3. If you can, gradually increase the temperature of the tree when bringing indoors rather than placing in a very warm room.

4. Once inside the house, try and position your Christmas tree away from any heat sources such as radiators. Heat will dry out your tree faster.

5. Place your tree in plain water – not soil or sand which would block the pores in the bark.

6. Keep the Christmas tree stand topped up with water. Your Christmas tree may drink 2-3 pints (1-2 litres) of water per day, depending on its size and your central heating settings.

This is very important as once the water level drops below the tree’s trunk, sap will re-seal the bark within a few hours, preventing the tree from drinking any further water – even if you then re-fill the Christmas tree stand. You won’t want to have to saw off the bottom inch of the trunk again!

An empty wine bottle is an ideal way of reaching the stand once the tree is fully decorated. The empty bottle is also a good way of remembering to give your tree a Christmas drink!



  • Keep the water topped up.
  • Add some sugar to the water – this is thought to be beneficial to the tree.
  • Turn the Christmas tree lights off at night.


  • Place the Christmas tree in sand or soil this will block the pores in the tree’s bark preventing it from drinking.
  • Forget to keep watering your Christmas tree.
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