Caring for your Tree

Caring For Your Real Christmas tree

We want you to enjoy your Needlefresh Christmas tree for as long as possible. Follow our simple tips on how to look after it and be happy knowing you can have a magical Christmas absent of tree woes.

  • Water your tree regularly.
  • Keep your tree away from open flames and heat sources.
  • A corner is good – it keeps your tree safer from knocks and bumps.
  • If you'll be using lights to decorate your tree, try to place the tree close to a socket.
  • Cover the floor or table where the tree will be placed to help protect from water spillages.
  • Wear garden gloves when handling as sensitive skin can get a mild allergic reaction and rash.
Cut Trees

Cut trees naturally drop their needles daily, however, follow our simple tips and it should stop your tree losing too many.

  • Once you've got it home, keep your Christmas tree outside in a sheltered area, preferably standing in water, until you are ready to bring it indoors.
  • Prepare the base of your tree using a handsaw. Cut about a half inch to an inch (1.3cm-2.5cm) off the bottom to aid water absorption.

TOP TIP - Keep your tree outside in water for as long as possible before bringing in to decorate, this will help to reduce drooping and needledrop.

  • Mount your tree as soon as possible after cutting the base. 
  • Place your tree in a container of water that is replenished on a regular basis. You can buy special tree stands which provide watering space. Or, you can go for the tried and tested method of using a bucket filled with small rocks.
  • Make sure your tree is straight. It is a good idea for at least two people to put up your tree, one holding it stable while the other fixes the base. Always stand back to check that the tree is straight before you get busy decorating.

TOP TIP - If your tree is slightly too big for your selected space, it can always be trimmed down to size. 

  • Finally, decorate and admire your Needlefresh Cut Christmas tree.
  • Don't forget to water your tree frequently.
Pot Grown Trees

Once you've purchased your pot grown Christmas Tree and made it home, follow our advice to give it the best care. Once Christmas is over it will then be ready to plant out in your garden.

  • Before you bring it indoors keep your Christmas tree outside in a sheltered area.
  • You will find your tree is still in its original growing pot and wrapped in a special Climate Bag.
  • Water the tree. Open the climate bag and water - there are drainage holes in the bottom so the water can drain freely.

TOP TIP - Keep your tree outside for as long as possible; the weekend before Christmas is ideal.

  • Once you’ve bought your tree indoors, remove the climate bag and place the tree into a decorative Needlefresh cover pot or on to a saucer.
  • In your desired location, place your tree onto a protective cloth or mat to help protect surfaces from any scratching or water damage.
  • Water frequently but be careful not to over water.
  • Have a joyous Christmas and enjoy your Needlefresh pot grown tree.

TOP TIP - Display your living tree in a cool room to keep it looking its best.



Needlefresh was formed by a group of serious growers of real Christmas trees, who wanted to ensure their trees were delivered direct from their plantations to your home. Needlefresh have real Christmas trees available for sale to the trade throughout the UK, straight from our specialist growers.




Every tree has a story that starts many years before it reaches your home. Learn how our growers care for your Needlefresh Christmas tree throughout its life.