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Lynne Allbutt - Gardening Expert

            

 
 
Lynne - The Angel on top of the Tree....
 
Most people have a decorated tree as part of their Christmas decorations and celebrations but did you know?

The life cycle of a Christmas tree from the seed to a 2-metre (7 ft) tree takes, depending on species and treatment in cultivation, between 8 and 12 years. First, the seed is extracted from cones harvested from older trees. These seeds are then usually grown in nurseries and then sold to Christmas tree farms at an age of 3–4 years. The remaining development of the tree greatly depends on the climate, soil quality, as well as the cultivation and tendance by the Christmas tree farmer.

The UK is now self sufficient in producing Christmas trees with more 10 different varieties of Christmas tree grown in the UK but the most common tree sold is the Nordmann fir.

In the first week, a real tree in your home will consume as much as 2 pints of water per day.  Some people insist the needles will last longer if you use a sugary drink like e7-Up or Sprite to water the tree.

Many people also decorate outdoor trees with food that  birds and other wildlife will enjoy, such as garlands made from unsalted popcorn or dried fruit, orange halves, and seed-covered suet cakes.  An indoor tree can also be relocated to the patio to make a great bird-feeding station after 12th Night.

In the UK alone, 8 million real Christmas trees will be sold this year. If all these trees were recycled to make ethanol, 198,400,000 miles could be driven – that’s the equivalent  of driving around the world 7,967 times

The earliest artificial trees in the 19th Century were made from goose feathers dyed green.  In the 1930’s the first artificial trees with brush bristles were invented.  They were manufactured by the US Company, the Addis Brush Company who made toilet bowl brushes.

A professional study on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of both real and fake Christmas trees revealed that one must use its artificial Christmas tree at least during 20 years to leave an environmental footprint as small as the natural Christmas tree.

Tinsel was introduced as a tree decoration to mimic spider webs that adorned outdoor trees.  It is still considered lucky if you see a cobweb on Christmas Day.

Wishing all my Readers a very Happy and Peaceful  Christmas – “Hoe Hoe Hoe!”

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Lynne Allbutt
Friday December 23rd 2011
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