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Expert says there’s one spot you should never put your Christmas tree

Aisha Nozari

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Expert says there’s one spot you should never put your Christmas tree

Featured Image Credit: BBC / Andreas von Einsiedel / Alamy

The most wonderful time of the year is officially upon us and sparkly decorations are being flung up in homes across the UK.

But of course, when it comes to decking out your house in baubles and tinsel, the Christmas tree takes pride of place.

Which is why you’ll probably want to hear all about the one place you shouldn’t put your Christmas tree this year.

Everyone’s favourite gardener Monty Don has compiled a handy list of advice for anyone purchasing a tree this year.

Writing on his blog, Monty explained: “NEVER place your Christmas tree by a radiator. It will respond by immediately shedding its needles.” Thanks for the festive heads up, Monty!

The most wonderful time of the year is officially upon us. Credit: Andreas von Einsiedel / Alamy Stock Photo
The most wonderful time of the year is officially upon us. Credit: Andreas von Einsiedel / Alamy Stock Photo

And that’s not the only snippet of advice Monty offered. When it comes to choosing your tree, the BBC star added: “Get one with roots if possible, even if you are not intending to plant it.

“Pot it into as large a container as you have and fill this with sharp sand or compost. Sand is perfectly good for the few weeks it will be indoors. Water it and keep the sand moist.”

What else can you do to keep your tree in tip-top shape? Be sure to water it!

“Buy a tree holder for a cut stump with a reservoir and keep it topped up with water,” he said, adding: “Treat it like a cut flower. This will do more than anything to stop it shedding its needles.”

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But, in case you wanted to know, Monty also revealed the spot in your home that Christmas trees are best suited to, penning: “Keep it as cool as possible. All these evergreen firs have adapted to cope with cold winter weather and will react to central heating heat by dropping their leaves in order to conserve moisture. A draughty hallway is ideal.”

Looking for another Christmas hack? You’re in luck. TikToker Ashlea - @ashleas_kitchen - managed to create a seal for her kids Santa letters by using just a Babybel and a potato.

"Make our letters to Santa with us," the doting mum told her TikTok followers.

"While the kids are writing the letters, I get the Babybel wax that was left over from lunch and I of course have one as well. Yum.

"I melt the wax safely then push a fruit star stamp into a potato and then cut around it. All melted. All ready to pour the wax. Such a cute star wax seal.”

Topics: Christmas

Aisha Nozari
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