Our premium quality Fraser Fir is a pyramid shaped tree with flat, shiny deep green needles. The foliage is dense and soft – an ideal tree for all members of the family to decorate. The leaders on Fraser Firs can sometimes be slightly quirky which adds to the character of the tree. The Fraser Fir is generally a narrow tree making it ideal where space is at a premium, and often, but not always, has a wonderful Christmassy perfume.
The Fraser Fir is quite an aggresive growing tree,so, just as we go to the hairdresser regularly, the sides of the trees have to be shorn every year. This does leave ‘cut’ marks, but we do try not to shear any more than we have to – just enough to keep the shape of the tree.
Please prepare the trunk
This is imperative to a great long lasting tree. We do this to all our trees so you don’t have to, however the tree must be in water within an hour of making a fresh cut.
If the tree needs a new cut
Just before you install your tree, saw off the bottom 1” (3cm) of the trunk. This creates a fresh cut and opens up the pores in the bark, which otherwise can 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.
They need routine ( they are like people)
Do not expose your tree to sudden changes in temperature. Trees like most people are creatures of habit and prefer steady conditions.
Keep it away from any heat sources
Position your Christmas tree away from any heat sources such as radiators and fireplaces. Heat dries out your tree faster, so the further away from potentially damaging heat sources the better, and the fresher your tree will remain.
Water your tree
Place your tree in plain water - not soil or sand which would block the pores in the bark. This is best achieved by using a specially designed Christmas tree stand. Many precious hours can be wasted trying to make a Christmas Tree stand up straight in an ordinary bucket using just bricks or stones! All stands are not created equal, and we strongly recommend the Cinco stands which can be used on trees up to 12ft tall.
This link will take you to a cinco 8 which is ideal for a tree up to 8ft.
Keep on watering it!
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.
Be aware that these trees are natural living things, all cut trees are perishable items.