Christmas Trees

  1. Remind me never to buy another Douglas Fir again. Or maybe it's a Fraser Fir. It's beautiful. It smells wonderful. It's fat. It's got short needles which makes it easy to hang lots and lots of ornaments. And it sheds like a Charlie Brown tree. I vacuum around it twice a day. And still there are needles everywhere.

    Anybody know of nice, low shedding trees with short needles? I'll need the info for next year, obviously, but it's aggravating.

    ~Kat
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  3. by   jnette
    Quote from cyberkat
    Remind me never to buy another Douglas Fir again. Or maybe it's a Fraser Fir. It's beautiful. It smells wonderful. It's fat. It's got short needles which makes it easy to hang lots and lots of ornaments. And it sheds like a Charlie Brown tree. I vacuum around it twice a day. And still there are needles everywhere.

    Anybody know of nice, low shedding trees with short needles? I'll need the info for next year, obviously, but it's aggravating.

    ~Kat
    Kat, is it getting PLENTY of water???

    Dang.. that is messy, I know. I'm no tree expert, so I'll bow out. I just know they do need LOTS of water, especially with the heat running, fireplace if you have one, etc. Good luck.
  4. by   Katnip
    Yep, I make sure the water is topped off twice a day. It never goes below halfway.

    And the tree was cut the day before we put it up, so it isn't old. It started the shedding right away.

    ~Kat
  5. by   Katnip
    Sorry about that. Duplicate post.
    ~Kat
  6. by   weetziebat
    Kat, I'm not an expert either, although live in the midst of Christmas tree growing country. Know Douglas fir are shedders - I always get a Noble fir - but, then again, our trees are cut while we wait, so if it is gonna be shipped makes sense it will dry out and shed more.

    Remember one year, when we lived in Las Vegas, we had to take the tree down a week before Christmas, cause it became so dry just about all the needles fell off, and it was a fire hazard!

    We'll try to remember to remind ya next year. In the meantime, sorry for all the mess. :Holly3:
  7. by   Katnip
    Lol. Thanks. It is a Douglas. I looked up the ad for the tree farm and they sell Douglas and White Pine. I know it's not a pine.

    I don't ever remember seeing Noble Firs sold around here. I'm going to write it down and put the name in one of the boxes with Christmas decorations so I'll have it right after Thanksgiving.
  8. by   weetziebat
    Sheesh, Kat, hope they sell Nobles there! Can just picture me in the post office trying to ship a tree to you.
  9. by   Katnip
    And I can just picture the mailman's face. :chuckle

    I was looking, but I don't see any farms that sell Nobles. Maybe the one's that are cut and shipped sell them. But we never do that. We usually buy local.
  10. by   nursemary9
    Hi

    I would LOVE any real tree. I haven't had one in years. I'm allergic to pine!!

    So artificial it is.

    When we first moved to our house we had a beautiful 8 ft. one. as the years passed, we got smaller & smaller--now it's about 2 ft!!

    But the rest of the house is well-decorated

    Kind of sad in a way!!

    Mary Ann
  11. by   rn/writer
    I held out for a real tree until a year ago, when the last kid flew the coop. Last December, we pegged the meter to the opposite extreme and bought an 18" tall fake tree and decorated it with mini lights, tiny ornaments (or ormanents, as our kids all say), and strands of colored beads. Very pretty. But the best thing is, we just bag it up to put it away. The only preparation is we have to dust it.

    At first, I felt like a big ol' spoil sport. But we're going to other people's houses for the celebrations and this is one area where I can choose to cut back and redirect the energy into enjoying family and friends.

    Now, if I could just find an authentic can of non-medicinal smelling pine spray . . .
  12. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from cyberkat
    Remind me never to buy another Douglas Fir again. Or maybe it's a Fraser Fir. It's beautiful. It smells wonderful. It's fat. It's got short needles which makes it easy to hang lots and lots of ornaments. And it sheds like a Charlie Brown tree. I vacuum around it twice a day. And still there are needles everywhere.

    Anybody know of nice, low shedding trees with short needles? I'll need the info for next year, obviously, but it's aggravating.

    ~Kat
    I have no clue, all I own is a fake tree. Sorry yours is shedding.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    A really good fake is the only way to go for me. I have no desire to deal with needles everywhere, not to mention, the fire hazard dry trees present. And I hate tossing them in the street when done. (no fireplace here)
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    We get a real tree every year, usually a silver tip fir from about 7000 feet. You have to make a new cut right before you put it in the water because it seals over and won't take as much water and will dry out faster . . or at least that is the old wives' tale. We have wood heat too - I water it alot.

    Friends of mine got a fake tree this year complete with lights ALREADY on. Boy, that would be nice because the lights are the worst part of decorating.

    Since our youngest is only 4, I sincerely doubt we will do the fake thing for a long long time. The whole experience of going out and getting the tree is a family adventure too.

    steph

    p.s. Deb - we toss ours in the burn pile in the backyard and have a bonfire.

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