Which tree is best for me and my family?
Both Balsam and Fraser firs are highly prized trees and you cannot go wrong with either:
- The Balsam fir specie is a long time favorite for Christmas thanks to its pleasant and characteristic fragrance after harvest, good needle retention and color. It is the quintissemal Canadian christmass tree!
- The Fraser fir, also a Christmas favorite is known for its long needle retention and pleasant fragrance and particularly for its dark blue-green color.
How do I take care of my natural Christmas tree?
- Just prior to installing your tree, cut about 1/2 inch disk of the trunk at the base of the tree “fresh cut” – this will help the tree remain hydrated
- Mount your Christmas tree on a tree-stand as soon as possible and fill the reservoir of the tree stand with plenty of fresh water covering the base of the trunk
- Make sure the tree is placed far away from heat sources in a cool location.
- Replenish water every day (about 1 liter per day)
- Do not place close to fire sources
- Do not us candles or open-flame ornaments.
- Do not leave lights on overnight or when away from home.
Did you know…What is the age of your tree?
A lot of care was dedicated to the very tree you just purchased! It takes 10-15 years to grow a Natural Christmas Tree of an average heigt of 7 feet.
A healthy robust tree was transplanted several times before reaching the final field where it is cultivated to become a Christmas tree. As an example, a seedling may already be 5 years old and have been transplanted twice before being transplanted in the final field where it will grow another 7 to 10 years.
The first winter is the toughest on the new transplant which must adapt to the new environment… so usually, it does not grow much the first year, but rather develops a strong root network. The following years, the transplant grows in height and foliage density. From the third year on, its growth is carefully controlled to allow for more foliage density and to optimize its conical shape. Also, the tree is checked several time yearly for nuisances which may affect its health.
In all, each tree is visited and examined at least four times during the growing season each year (over 7 to 10 years) so that it can develop into a beautiful, magical Christmas Trees!