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Caring For Your Real Christmas Tree

Nothing beats the incredible look, feel and scent of a real Christmas tree during the Festive Season. Now, by following these top tips from Furniture Outlet Stores, your tree will look even better for a lot longer this Yuletide.

1. Keep It Watered

Correctly watering your Christmas tree is the secret to extending the time a real tree will look its best in your home. Not enough water and the tree’s needles will dry out, turn a brown colour and eventually fall off the tree completely. Too much water and the tree will die. As a guide, it’s not unusual for a Christmas tree to require up to 2 to 3 pints (1 to 2 litres) of water per day.

2. A Cut Above

Once you get your tree home, saw half an inch (2.5cm) off the bottom of the tree’s trunk. This is to remove any sap that has formed since the tree was originally cut down. You need to do this, otherwise the sap will prevent the water getting through the pores to your tree. Then immediately place the tree in a container or tree stand filled with water. Make sure the water level, like a relative’s glass of eggnog, is regularly topped up over the Christmas period.

3. There’s A Gadget For That

Look out for a tree stand that has been specifically designed for a real Christmas tree. It should safely secure the tree in place, of course, while also featuring a water reservoir in the base.

At Furniture Outlet Stores, we sell a watering tree stand (£15) for trees up to 7ft. It’s quick and simple to assemble, and fits most sizes of Christmas tree.

Don’t forget to factor in the height of the tree’s stand, topper and other ornaments when you choose your tree. Measure the height and width of the space where you want the tree to go, before you go shopping. Xmas can be a stressful enough time without the added disappointment of your tree being too big – or too small – when you actually get it home.

While on the subject of shopping for a real Christmas tree, it should ideally boast a shiny, glossy green colour when you buy it. Brittle branches and dull coloured needles are both warning signs of an older tree.

4. Keep It Cool

Understandably, you will want to make the Christmas tree the focal point of your living room. However, ensure that you keep as much space as possible between your tree and any sources of heat in the room like a radiator, fireplace or sunny window.

If you decide to wait and put the tree up closer to Christmas Eve, keep it stored away in a cool, frost-free place until you’re ready to start decorating the tree.

5. There’s A Christmas Light For That

To minimise the heat generated by your Christmas lights, use LED lights rather than traditional bulbs. It’s a win-win tip this one, as you’ll also save money on the electricity bill because LED lights are energy efficient.

6. New Year, New Life

A real Christmas tree is completely biodegradable. After all the mince pies and have been eaten and the decorations carefully packed away for another year, your tree can be recycled and composted in January.

Keeping It Real

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… again! We have a truly beautiful selection of real Christmas trees available to buy at our store in Leigh-on-Sea from Saturday 28th November 2020. Celebrate this year’s Xmas in style!

  • Great range of premium trees sized from 150cm to 250cm – Only £29 to £69 with Free Local Delivery!
  • As usual, our Christmas trees are non-drop, Premium Nordmann Firs
  • Cash, Cards and PayPal accepted
  • Free Local Delivery from Benfleet to Shoeburyness (Ashingdon, Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea, Rayleigh, Rochford, Southchurch, Southend-on-Sea, Thorpe Bay, Westcliff-on-Sea, and all areas in between covered)
  • Beautiful, quality cut trees at the best prices
  • Free Sweets & Chocs and Santa Hats for the kids*

With your help, Furniture Outlet will be donating £10,000 from this year’s tree sales to Southend-on-Sea’s homeless charity, HARP, to help local people overcome homelessness. We would like to thank all of our loyal customers who help make this possible. Your custom will help some of the most needy this Christmas, thank you ❤️.

Just pop into Furniture Outlet Stores at 1009-1015 London Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 3JY and choose your tree. Our Leigh-on-Sea branch’s opening times are: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am-4pm. *Hurry, while stocks last only – and that includes those fabulous festive freebies too! Pricing & availability are correct at the time of writing this blog post (27th November 2020).

UPDATE 15th December 2020 – All of our Christmas trees have now been sold. We hope to see you again in 2021 for next year’s Xmas tree!

Real Christmas Tree left view

Real Christmas Tree right view

Real Xmas Trees for sale at Furniture Outlet Stores 2019

Have a Merry Christmas and thank you for visiting our blog! If you have any of your own tips about caring for a real Christmas tree, please share them with everybody in the Comments section below.


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Inspired by the work of the world's best designers, Rik Haynes is passionate about the latest developments in architecture, design, video games and other geeky stuff.


  1. Claire bailey 30th November 2020 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Are u going to have real Xmas trees this year if so when

    • Rik Haynes 30th November 2020 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Hello Claire, yes we are! Our Leigh-on-Sea branch is selling real Christmas trees right now… while stocks last! Furniture Outlet Stores are also donating £10,000 from this year’s tree sales to Southend’s homeless charity, HARP.

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