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Not so jolly Christmas tree? Here's some top tips to keep it green

There are concerns that many people's Christmas trees are starting to droop, after they put them ...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

13.53 16 Dec 2020


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Not so jolly Christmas tree? H...

Not so jolly Christmas tree? Here's some top tips to keep it green

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

13.53 16 Dec 2020


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There are concerns that many people's Christmas trees are starting to droop, after they put them up earlier than usual this year.

Isaac Wheelock is from Wheelock's Christmas Tree Farm in Co Wexford.

He told Lunchtime Live he had people coming since the second week of November to buy trees, with this year being his busiest for sales.

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The Christmas tree business is worth some €22m to the Irish economy.

Isaac, who is also a member of the Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association, has these top tips to keep your tree in tip-top shape.

"The only thing you can do is when you're putting in your tree, a water stand is a big help.

"It takes a lot of water when it goes in first."

Christmas tree Image by ExposureToday from Pixabay

But Isaac said time is of the essence on this one.

"Where the tree is cut we call that a 'wound' [and] as soon as that heals then it stops taking up the water.

"But it would take it up for the first week or 10 days".

"Another big problem is a lot of houses have underfloor heating, and that really cooks the tree".

He said there is a simple solution to this.

"A good idea is to cut a couple of good, big strips of carpet underneath the tree - it would help the direct heat coming up from underneath."

He said one element is the biggest factor to keeping your tree alive for longer.

"It depends on the heat in your house - if we cut down a tree on the 1st of December in the field and left the tree there... come back the end of February, that tree will be nearly the same as the day it was cut down."

"Our houses are gone very warm, our heating has gone very good".

But Isassc warned that they can't perform miracles, suggesting: "Well at this stage if it's dead it's dead, but in the beginning is the time to do it".

His final word on the topic: "Get a new one or put up with the one you have".

"People like going and having a tree - the plastic tree is fine and handy, but if you get a plastic tree you have to keep that for 20 years to wipe out your carbon footprint on it," he added.

Main image: Details on a giant Christmas tree in front of a shopping centre in Krakow, Poland. Picture by: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

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