When should I put my Christmas tree up?
According to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA), a cut tree put up on 1st December should last until Christmas Day as long as you take care of it – cut a slice off the bottom of the trunk if you can so that it can absorb more water (as you would with the stems of cut flowers), and water it daily to keep it looking fresh as long as possible (if you have underfloor heating, you might want to leave it another week or two).
An artificial tree can, of course, be put up whenever you like – although, for those mindful of their carbon footprint, be aware that you’d need to use an artificial tree for at least 10 Christmases to keep its environmental impact lower than that of a real tree, according to the Carbon Trust.
A more eco, longer-lasting alternative, and a growing trend in recent years thanks to its sustainability credentials, is the pot-grown tree, which can also be set up whenever you like and planted or potted on after Christmas to be brought inside again next year.
Christmas tree trends and decorations to try in 2021
When it comes to size, both extra-tall and diminutive trees have been growing in popularity. Sales of John Lewis’s 7-foot artificial Brunswick tree are double that of this time last year, while a mini tree that can be placed on a table or window sill is great for adding an extra festive touch around the home (try Patch Plants, or Bloom & Wild, which sends out real flat-packed trees that come through your letterbox complete with tiny lights and decorations).