Just because they’re all green and come to a point at the top, that doesn’t mean all Christmas trees are the same.
Leanna Anderson of Aldor Acres said that each tree has its own characteristics, but they all have a few things in common that they need to stay green through the holiday season.
Common to all trees is a need to keep them watered. Anderson recommends using a large water reservoir and keeping it topped up constantly. Some trees are thirstier than others, and a dry tree will start shedding needles.
Another tip is to always cut off a half-inch at the base of the tree just before putting it in its stand.
“Even if you cut your own tree, you need to make a fresh cut on the bottom,” Anderson said.
Otherwise it can seal over and won’t get enough water.
As far as types of trees go, the Fraser fir is the “Cadillac” of Christmas trees, Anderson jokes. The Noble fir is also popular, and is more fragrant than the Fraser, and popular for its needle retention.
The most fragrant is the Grand fir, but they also need the most water of any popular variety.
Spruce don’t necessarily do well around B.C., but Anderson pointed out that some spikier types of spruce can be useful – they can deter pets from climbing or jostling the trees. However, you may need gardening gloves for hanging the ornaments.
Once a tree is un-decorated after the holidays, have it chipped at a charity event, so it can become mulch and nuture future growth, Anderson said.