Christmas Trees: Real or Fake?

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It wouldn't be Christmas without a Christmas tree. Now that the holidays are getting closer, it might be time to think about what kind of tree you are going to buy this year; a real or a fake Christmas tree?

Will you get a real Christmas tree or a fake one? Which one will suit your needs better, and how do you care for a real tree if that is what you want? Here are the answers to your Christmas tree questions

Reasons for Choosing a Fake Tree

More and more people are choosing fake Christmas trees to put up in their homes. The main reason for choosing a fake tree is practicality. A fake tree doesn't shed its needles, so it saves you a lot of work vacuuming. A fake tree saves you money as well because you only have to buy it once. A fake tree is easy to set up, and the more expensive ones can't be told apart from real Christmas trees

Reasons for Choosing a Real Tree

A real Christmas tree has a nostalgia factor for a lot of people, and the natural pine scent helps to create atmosphere. The amount of needles that a real Christmas tree sheds depends on the species. Nordmann Firs are a popular choice because they don't drop their needles as quickly as other Christmas trees do. Omorika Christmas trees do very well when planted outside after Christmas. A real tree will last much longer if you buy it potted with the roots conserved.

How to Make a Real Christmas Tree Last Longer

If your tree doesn't have any roots, then saw a two-inch piece off the bottom of the trunk before putting the tree in a holder. Give water daily. Keep the tree in a cool, shaded place. Sunlight will dry out the needles more quickly. If you can, buy a tree with the roots intact. The roots absorb water much more effectively, so the tree will last longer. If you aren't planning to decorate the tree as soon as you bought it, then keep it outside until you are ready to decorate it.

Planting Your Christmas Tree

When you buy a tree with the roots intact, you can plant it outside when Christmas is over. Keep the tree in a sheltered, cool place for a few days, like a shed in the garden or your garage, to let the tree acclimatize to the change in temperature. Don't forget to water your tree on a daily basis. When you are planting the tree, make a hole that is deep enough to fit the root ball and twice as wide as the width of the root ball. This gives the roots enough space and encourages them to reach out. After refilling the hole, give the tree some water and add some mulch on top of the soil.

Thinking About the Environment

It is not clear which choice is the more environmentally responsible one. Even though a fake tree eliminates the need for real trees to be chopped down, the fake trees are often made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a petroleum-derived plastic. On the other hand, the cultivating of Christmas trees in mono-culture can upset the local ecology. As a result, some people might choose not to have a Christmas tree at all.

The choice between a real or fake Christmas tree is probably more complicated than you thought initially. There are a lot of factors to take into account. Hopefully, this overview will help you to set your priorities and choose a tree that best suits your specific needs. Happy holidays!

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Brigitte Shrimpton

Freelance fashion, style and beauty blogger. Loves denim, lace, wine and sunshine. When not writing, she can be found reading a romance novel in a corner of a quiet coffee.

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