We want you to enjoy your Christmas tree throughout the festive season. Follow our simple tips on how to look after it and be happy knowing you can have a magical Christmas with a beautiful fresh tree. Massams Christmas Tree Barn are members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association

Caring for Cut Trees

We guarantee our trees for two weeks, so if you want them to stay fresh for longer than that it’s essential that you care for them. Christmas trees are perishable, after you have bought your tree it should be kept outside in a cool shaded place, preferably standing in water, until it is required indoors. Place your tree in one of our special tree stands which provide watering space and can be used year after year. Or, you can place your tree with its log base on in a big bucket of water. Keep the container topped up with water every day. Trees can drink up to 10 litres over the first couple of days. Keep the tree away from direct heat including any underfloor heating

Care of Pot Grown Trees

These are trees that have been grown from seedlings inside a specially designed pot to give it the best chance of growing on in your garden after Christmas

You should bring your potted tree indoors as late as possible, advises the RHS. The weekend before Christmas is ideal, and it’s advised not to keep living trees in the house any longer than 12 days.

As with most houseplants, it’s the watering that’s the thing. Too much and your potted tree will die of ‘trench foot’, too little and the leaves will turn brown and fall. Always check that the container has good drainage and some sort of saucer underneath to catch any excess water.

Avoid placing your tree close to a fire or radiator – this will cause excessive moisture loss and needle drop.

It’s best to check the soil every day to make sure it’s not drying out; even small trees will have an awful lot of roots and if you knock the container off you’ll see just how full of roots and how little soil there is.

Either plant the tree out in the garden after Christmas, or (if you want to bring it indoors again next year) grow it on in a container, moving it into a bigger pot annually until you reach the maximum size that can be moved comfortably (about 45cm (18in) diameter and depth).