You've already decided on the Nordmann for its strength and majesty. Now you have to select an ultra-fresh, quality Nordmann fir. This article provides point-by-point clues to guide you to that aesthetically perfect Christmas tree. Fresh, strong, beautiful and priced right: those are the basic requirements for a Christmas tree.
You have to be very careful during this first selection step. Growing Christmas trees is a real business and you want to avoid poor quality firs with holes or irregular branches. A Nordmann fir tree grown by an expert should have a short top, have no holes and be very dense.
A glance at the colour of the fir tree will be enough to assess its freshness. Nordmann firs are dark green. Trees with washed out, pale colours should be avoided. Especially because the natural Nordmann fir has an especially deep green colour and stays fresh for a long time. In fact, using Nordmann fir branches for Christmas decorating is very trendy now!
Choose a tree that's perfect for the place you want to put it. To avoid damaging the tree, be sure not to buy one that's too big if you don't have enough room or suitable transportation. In terms of weight, the heavier the fir tree, the more sap it has: which means it's fresher!
Here is what botanists recommend to check the freshness of a tree: hold a branch between two fingers and pull the branch slightly toward you. If the needles don't fall out when you pull gently, the tree is fresh. However, one or two needles may drop when you do this, even when the tree is really very fresh.
Your tree has to be perfect. That isn't a problem with Nordmann firs, so why not get one? Be demanding: the fir tree must be cone-shaped and cannot have any holes or a long, branchless top. Regular branches are one of the main characteristics of the Nordmann. That's why it's used for Christmas: it's very easy to decorate. It's a perfect time to let your creativity run and find the most beautiful ornaments to decorate your majestic Christmas tree.
The Nordmann fir isn't the cheapest Christmas tree. You can certainly find cheaper ones. However, a high-quality Nordmann fir is strong and durable. It has many qualities and is often recommended (the needles are supple, heat resistant, low-odour and a beautiful brilliant green). You will spend between €35 and €120 depending on size for a tree of this quality. The price is very reasonable for this kind of tree which has environmental, practical and aesthetic value.