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What A Year For Scottish Christmas Trees

award winning Christmas treeAs we wind down and look forward to a well earned rest during the Christmas-New Year period, it’s a good time to reflect on what has been a great year here at Scottish Christmas Trees.  It has been exciting yet at times challenging. We had a lot of rain when we didn’t really want it, but we survived and, more importantly, so too did our trees.

We were very proud and very honoured to win the best pot grown Christmas tree category at the 2009 British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCGTA) competition. As a team, it is recognition for the amount of care and attention we give all our Christmas trees. The tree shown here is our award winning potted Norway Spruce Christmas tree.

Our biggest challenge has come in the last month as we did our best to supply as many Christmas trees as possible. Unfortunately for some, we completely sold out of all our Christmas trees, potted and cut. The challenge now is to try and produce even more for next Christmas. Since Christmas trees have a 10-12 month growth period, it will indeed be a real challenge.

It has once again been shown how popular potted and freshly cut Christmas trees are. We get requests to send our Christmas trees all over Britain – a task we are happy to fulfill. We even managed to save a few Christmas trees for our highly successful open day earlier this month.

After a short break it will be back to work preparing for next year’s crop of Christmas trees – it’s a good thing we love our job!

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Did You Miss Out On A Fresh Christmas Tree This Year – Bookmark Us For Next Christmas

There are many people visiting our website hoping we have Christmas trees still in stock. Unfortunately, they are leaving disappointed. We are disappointed we can’t help them too, however, we do have one or two suggestions to make.

My first suggestion is to simply bookmark our home page in your browser. Better yet, create a Christmas folder in your bookmark section and save us to the folder.  Next year, as Christmas approaches, you will have a reminder sitting there. Contact us early in November and you can order your Christmas tree for delivery on a day to suit.

A second suggestion is to subscribe to the posts on this page. Throughout the year we post regular snippets on Christmas trees, news relating to the progress of next season’s Christmas trees, and helpful tips for looking after potted Christmas trees, if you have one.

Real Christmas trees seem to be increasing in popularity every year. We seem to be selling more and selling out earlier as each year passes.  By bookmarking our site, or subscribing to our feed, you will at least get some sort of reminder as Christmas gets closer next year.

Remember, we only sell real Christmas trees, cut or in pots, that have come direct from our farms here in Scotland. You cannot get any fresher than that.

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Potted Christmas Trees – Make Sure They Survive For Next Year

Potted Christmas trees are great, really. They are the kind of purchase you make once every five or six years – if they grow too big that is. Looking after your potted Christmas tree over the Christmas period is the first step to ensuring your tree does survive.

Looking after potted Christmas trees is really no different to looking after cut Christmas trees. If you take good care of the potted tree, you should experience little in the way of needle drop and the tree should look like bright and fresh all day long. It certainly shouldn’t have that droopy look that some plants seem to get when brought inside.

Remember, it’s winter and the potted Christmas tree is acclimatised to that. Keeping it as cool as possible is therefore an important part of looking after your tree. Simple tasks like switching the Christmas lights off overnight can help a lot – it gives the tree a break from any heat generated by the lights.

Keeping your potted tree well watered is the second important part of looking after your tree. Whilst inside, the soil should never completely dry out.  Keeping the soil moist allows the tree to absorb as much water as it needs when it needs it. Let it dry out and the first thing the tree will do is stop water flowing to the needles – the result, of course, is dropped needles.

Look after your potted Christmas tree – there are only two steps – keep it cool and keep it well watered, and it will survive the Christmas period. Look after it well after Christmas and it will survive through to next Christmas – but that is a story for another day.

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All We Have For Christmas Are Some Potted Christmas Trees

potted Christmas treesIt has been a busy time here at Scottish Christmas Trees. Our trees have literally flown out the door and the result is that all we have left are a few Norway Spruce Christmas trees. We started out with a stock of Christmas trees as seen in this image – you don’t want to see what it looks like now it’s pretty bare.

The Norway Spruce is what most people consider the ‘traditional’ Christmas tree so we always arrange to have plenty in stock. However, these are dwindling fast and will most likely be sold out by this weekend – or much earlier. This tree is popular with the business community as well because of its low needle drop.

Once again, it has been shown that live Christmas trees, either cut or in pots, are still maintaining their popularity. Placing an order early is the only way to guarantee a live tree at Christmas. We hold ordered trees aside and make deliveries when it is convenient for the buyer.

If you’re looking for a Christmas tree and struggling to find one that is suitable, you could try calling us to see if there are any cancellations. This rarely happens but you just never know. We do at least still have a few potted Christmas trees.

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Keep Your Potted Christmas Tree Fresh For Next Christmas

Potted Christmas trees can deliver many years of good service if looked after correctly. Interestingly enough, looking after that potted tree does not take a lot of work. All it needs is room to grow, water to drink, food to eat and the right climate – a bit like you and I really.

There is an easy solution to looking after a potted Christmas tree – forget it’s a Christmas tree until December each year. In the mean time, treat it like you would any other potted plant. That is:

  • Each year potted it up to the next size pot
  • Water it regularly
  • Apply a slow release fertilizer when the growing season starts
  • Keep it in a reasonably cool environment

That’s it. If you want to prune it to maintain some shape then do that in Autumn. Your potted Christmas tree will give you many years service if you follow those simple instructions.