Christmas Tree Care

CHRISTMAS Tree Care Instructions

Stop those needles dropping early!

Caring For Your CHRISTMAS Tree:

We want you to enjoy your Oxford Christmas Company tree for as long as possible. All cut Christmas trees will lose some needles, but you can keep this to a minimum by following these simple steps:


  • Do not set up your Christmas tree on underfloor heating or near a radiator, fire or source of heat. Keep your Christmas tree away from open flame, preferably in a cool room. Under-floor heating will dry out the needles much quicker.
  • Like with fresh flowers, cut 3 inches from the base of your tree before putting it in the stand.
  • Water your Christmas tree regularly.
  • Cover the floor or table where your tree will be placed to help protect from water spillages. 
  • Wear garden gloves when handling your Christmas tree as the needles can cause a mild allergic reaction on sensitive skin.

Setting up your CHRISTMAS tree:

  • Keep your tree outside in a cool, dry place, preferably standing in water, until you are ready to bring it indoors and set it up.
  • Make sure that your Christmas tree stand holds water. 
  • Mount your Christmas tree in your stand as soon as possible after cutting the base.
  • Make sure your Christmas tree is straight before you start decorating it.  It is a good idea for at least two people to put up your tree; one holding it stable and straight whilst the other fixes the base securely. 
  • Remove the netting once the tree is in the stand.
  • Allow the branches to settle for a few hours before decorating.
  • Check the water levels in your stand every other day and keep it topped up.
  • TOP TIP - Don't cut the base at an angle, in a V-shape. None of these methods help water absorption and they may make it more difficult to hold the tree safely in a stand.