Alan Titchmarsh: Gardening expert explains how to avoid your Christmas tree ‘desiccating’

Alan Titchmarsh shares his tips for Christmas tree longevity

Gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh has revealed his top tips for making sure your Christmas tree remains looking fresh. The gardening expert often makes appearances on various TV shows. As well as sharing how to choose the right Christmas tree, Alan also knows how to maintain them.

From watering to where to place them in a room, the gardening guru knows it all.

Alan shared his advice on a video for Waitrose & Partners.

He said: “So how can you get your Christmas tree to last as long as possible and still stay looking fresh?

“Well the answer is to bring it in as near to Christmas as you possibly can.”

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He explained that if you buy your Christmas tree too early, you could risk it dying.

He added: “Bring this in at the end of November and it’s going to start shrinking and desiccating.”

However, for those looking to keep their trees looking “plumped up”, Alan recommended using a certain type of stand.

Many Britons are guilty of leaving their trees in stands without any way to access water.

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“Put it in the stand with a reservoir,” Alan explained.

This will allow it to drink in water when it needs it.

He added: “If you saw a couple of inches off the base of the trunk, the tissue will be beautifully moist and it will instantly suck up the water.

“Rather like a large bunch if flowers.”

Alan’s other advice is based on where to place the tree.

Most Britons put their real Christmas trees in the living room where they are often surrounded by exquisitely wrapped gifts.

But if you put your tree too close to heat, you could risk it getting “cooked”.

Alan said to keep it around a metre to a metre and a half away from a heat source.

This includes radiators and open fires.

If you leave it too close to a heat source, it could get too hot which may impact how long it lasts for.

Alan lives in Hampshire where he has his own stunning garden.

He also has a home on the Isle of Wight, and is estimated to be worth around £7.4million, as of late 2017.

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