Every year a few questions arise when putting up the Christmas tree. We give tips on when and how best to set up the tree.
Finding the right Christmas tree in itself can be quite a challenge. Once it has been found, it is time to set it up. But that doesn’t seem so easy either: When should you put up the Christmas tree? Where is the best location? When will the network be removed? Whether fir, spruce, or pine: So that nothing goes wrong when setting up the Christmas tree and you can enjoy your piece of jewelry for as long as possible, we have summarized seven important tips here.
Tip 1: Only set up the Christmas tree shortly before the festival
Take your time – both buying the Christmas tree and putting it in the living room. Ideally, you only bring the tree into the house a few days before Christmas Eve. If you bought it long before Christmas or if you hit it yourself, it should stand in a cool, shady place outside as long as possible.
In addition to the garden, terrace, and balcony, the garage or cellar is also possible. To keep the Christmas tree fresh for a long time, saw off a thin slice from the end of the trunk (see also tip 4) and place the Christmas tree in a bucket well filled with water.
Tip 2: leave the net on as long as possible
The transport network that holds the branches of the Christmas tree together may remain on until the move to the final location. It reduces evaporation from the needles. It is best to carefully cut the net open the day before decorating – from bottom to top so as not to damage the twigs and needles. These then slowly spread again according to their original direction of growth.
The net stays on until the Christmas tree is in the stand. It is best not to remove it until the day before decorating
Tip 3: slowly get used to the heat of the Christmas tree
So that the Christmas tree – regardless of whether it is a fir or spruce tree – does not suffer a shock, you should not immediately put it outside in the living room. With a temperature difference of more than 20 degrees Celsius, the tree would quickly be overwhelmed. To slowly get used to room temperature, first put it in a 10 to 15 degree Celsius cool place. A bright staircase or a cool winter garden, for example, is suitable as intermediate storage for Christmas trees.
Tip 4: cut the Christmas tree before setting it up
Before moving the tree to its final destination, saw it again. Not only cut flowers but also tree trunks can absorb water better if they are freshly cut before setting up. From the lower end of the trunk, saw off a slice about two to three centimeters thick. To be able to place the Christmas tree comfortably in the stand, you often have to remove the lower branches. Cut as close to the trunk as possible so that there are no shoots in the way later.
Tip 5: Place in a sturdy stand with water
Place the Christmas tree in a stable, tilt-proof Christmas tree stand that has a water container. Tighten the screws until the tree is firm and straight. As soon as the Christmas tree is in its final location (see tip 6), the Christmas tree stand is filled with tap water. In this way, the tree not only stays fresh longer but is also more stable.
For the needles to last as long as possible, the freshly cut Christmas tree should be well supplied with water
Tip 6: place the Christmas tree light and not too warm
Even if the Christmas tree looks good in a dark corner of the room: it will last the longest if it is provided in a location that is as bright as possible. We recommend a place in front of a large window or the patio door. For the needles to last a long time, it is also important that the tree is not directly in front of the heater. In a room with underfloor heating, it is better to place it on a stool. Be careful when setting up and decorating the Christmas tree with the Christmas decorations: injuries weaken the Christmas tree and encourage it to dry out.
Tip 7: Maintain the Christmas tree after setting it up
Make sure that the Christmas tree is always well supplied with water in a warm room. Every two to three days it is usually time to pour more water into the Christmas tree stand. It is also advisable to regularly spray the needles with water that is low in lime. Better not use artificial snow or glitter – the spray decoration sticks the needles together and inhibits the tree’s metabolism. Regular ventilation is also important to increase the humidity and thus the durability of the Christmas tree. So he can stand in the room for some time after Christmas – and please us with his green needle dress.