What is the most durable tree
How long does a Christmas tree last?
When the sawed-off Christmas trees are waiting for their buyers in the hardware store, some people ask themselves how long such a tree can last after purchase. Will it still look good in time for Christmas or in the New Year? Or does the tree shed its needles after a few days in the warm room?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to how long a Christmas tree will last, because that depends on too many factors. The tree species that you choose has the greatest influence on the durability: Basically, the real firs such as the Nordmann fir, the Korean fir and the noble fir significantly longer than the blue fir or the red fir - with the the latter are actually spruce trees. They generally tend to throw needles much more quickly and also have the disadvantage that their needles prick more or less strongly - no fun when you want to decorate the Christmas tree for a festive occasion.
- Nordmann firs and other species of fir: at least 14 days
- Blue spruce: at least 10 days
- Red spruce and omorika spruce: around 7 days
It is best to make a Christmas tree yourself
The Christmas trees offered in the hardware store or at special sales stands have often already come a long way. Many Nordmann firs, for example, come from Denmark: After harvesting, they first have to be packed and transported to the point of sale. It can therefore be assumed that the trees on offer have been without roots for around five days to a week. If you want an absolutely fresh tree, you should cut it yourself. Some local forest owners and Christmas tree companies even offer cutting their own Christmas tree as an event, which is an experience especially for small children.
The Nordmann fir lasts the longest
If you want to be on the safe side, you should buy a Nordmann fir as a Christmas tree. It can easily hold the needles for two weeks even in the living room after they have been set up. It is also the cheapest of all firs because it grows faster than Korean and noble firs. Among the spruce trees, the blue spruce - often incorrectly referred to as the blue spruce - has the longest shelf life. She reliably holds her needles for about ten days. We rather advise against the inexpensive red spruce and omorika spruce. With these trees, the needles often start to trickle in the living room after a few days.
With these tips, every Christmas tree will last longer
In addition to choosing a durable type of Christmas tree, there are a few other important measures and tips you can take to make your Christmas tree last longer:
- The Christmas tree should not be bought too early. Do not bring the tree into the living room until just before Christmas Eve.
- Do not place the newly purchased tree directly in the warm apartment, but store it for a day or two in a cool cellar or stairwell so that the Christmas tree can acclimate. The trunk should be in a bucket of water.
- Before setting up, cut the tree freshly below and use a Christmas tree stand with a water reservoir.
- Do not heat the living room too much and activate the night setback of the heating. The cooler it is, the longer the Christmas tree will last and stay fresh.
- Do not place the Christmas tree directly next to the heater and, if possible, not in front of a sunny south-facing window.
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