Christmas trees at Salem are grown organically from
carefully selected seed strains known to produce bushy, well-formed
trees, specifically for the Christmas tree market.
They are not to be confused with ordinary forestry grade trees
or 'tops' which are vastly inferior in both quality and appearance.
Growing Christmas trees takes a lot of patience. After
the tiny trees are planted in neat rows, they must be carefully
watched over, weeded and watered. It is 6 to 8 years before they
are big enough to cut. During that time, the trees decorate the
landscape and provide a place for wildlife to live.
British Christmas Tree Growers' Association
As members of the BCTGA
our trees are grown in accordance with the BCTGA environmental Code
of Practice and are guaranteed fresh. Provided care is taken in
looking after the tree it should survive over 4 weeks.
Trees should not be collected earlier than 1st December if guaranteed
satisfaction is demanded.
It is essential that cut Christmas trees are fresh when purchased.
The needles should not be dull and dried up. The branches should
not be brittle. The outer needles should not fall off if the tree
is gently shaken.
After you have collected your Christmas tree it should be kept
outside in a cool shaded place, preferably standing in water, until
it is required indoors. Before bringing the tree indoors it is an
advantage if about half an inch is cut off the base in order to
open up the pores of the tree. Mount it in a water-holding stand
or wedge it in a bucket with pebbles, small stones or screwed up
newspaper, and place it away from direct heat. Keep the container
topped up with water every day; you will be surprised
how much it needs.
Trees with bare roots
These are Christmas trees which have been dug up with their roots.
This is usually only possible with the smaller trees. The small
roots break off and no soil comes with the larger root system. They
should be freshly harvested. It is best to soak the roots in water
before potting the tree in moist earth. The earth should be kept
moist. These Christmas trees will last longer if they are kept away
from direct heat when they are brought indoors. There is a slight
chance that these trees will survive if planted out after Christmas.
They should be watered very well.
These are Christmas trees that have been carefully prepared so
that they can be dug up with minimal disturbance to the earth round
the root system. Earth is retained by wrapping the roots in sacking
or similar material. The roots should be kept damp and the trees,
having had the sacking removed, should be potted in moist earth.
These trees should remain fresh, retain their needles, and have
a reasonable chance of survival if planted out after Christmas.
These are Christmas trees that have been grown for at least one
season in their pots. It is often possible to lift the whole root
system out of the pot and see the closely woven root which has grown
in the pot. The trees themselves should look fresh. The trees will
be small and seldom more than three feet. The trees should be watered
and cared for as for any house plant.
After Christmas they can either be planted out with a very good
chance of success or they can be left to grow on in their pot, but
it is much better in this case to re-pot the tree in a larger pot.
It is seldom possible to re-pot trees in this way for more than
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