How much water does a real Christmas tree need?

We’re often asked this question at Methley Estate Christmas Trees, as our customers obviously want to enjoy their tree for a long as possible over the festive period...

The answer is, Christmas trees can be really thirsty, especially in a warm house at Christmas time, and can use up to an amazing 0.5 - 2 litres of water every day!


Of course, a lot depends on the size of the tree, how long it’s been cut and the temperature of the room it’s in. The best way to ensure a tree has the water it requires is to have an ‘open stem’ that can suck up water easily. To achieve this, cut 1cm off the base of the trunk before bringing into the house and the immediately place it into water (either a pot of water underneath your stand, or, even better, buy a water-holding stand).


Remember to keep the water topped up  - the key is to treat your tree like your car – never let it run out of fuel!If you allow the water level to drop below the fresh cut then a new seal will form over the end of the trunk and it won’t take up water so easily.


For potted trees, keep soil moist, but don’t over water, or the tree will rot. Follow these tips and hopefully avoid the dreaded carpet of needles on the floor! For more information, watch Martin's video here.

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