How long do Christmas trees last? Expert reveals tips to make your real one live longer

A tree expert has revealed how to make your real Christmas tree live longer after fears were raised over a potential shortage of them across the UK due to increased demand.

At the end of a different and depressing year due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Brits have wasted no time in getting their homes looking festive, with trees and decorations going up earlier than ever as people look to inject some much needed cheer into their homes.

And, while many of us go for the artificial option when it comes to trees, mainly due to needles from branches going EVERYWHERE! – for others there is still nothing better than the smell of a real pine wafting around the living room.

But, appearing on This Morning, a tree farm owner advised against being too quick off the mark in getting a real one, while urging people to follow tips on to keep them alive for longer.

York-based Olly Combe, whose business York Christmas Trees provided Downing Street’s tree this year, told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. “Our trees last 3-4 weeks, so into the New Year, depending on when you get them and how you look after them.

He added that he expected the peak time for people getting their real Christmas trees is this weekend, with many people heading to get one on Saturday, December 5.

His our key tips for keeping your real tree live longer are:

*Buy a fresh one

*Put the tree it in a water holding stand

*Don’t stand it near any direct source of heat, i.e a radiator

*Top up the water every few days

Olly added: “Christmas trees are a perishable product.

“We spend 10 years nurturing them so please, please nurture them when you put them in your houses.”

Olly’s This Morning appearance came after famous interior designer Kelly Hoppen went back on her own advice last month, by saying that no Christmas trees should go up before December 1, but then saying after the year we’ve had people should put them up whenever they like.