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Christmas tree - Abies

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Nordmannian fir is another conifer widely used as a Christmas tree; in nature these large trees (can reach 60 meters in height) develop in areas near the Black Sea and the Caucasus mountains. The needle-like leaves are long and flattened, of a beautiful dark green color; the branches are quite dense even in the young specimens and appear parallel to the ground, well arranged along the broad stem. The development, in the first years of the plant's life, is quite rapid, and over a period of about ten years we can obtain a conifer high already 6-8 meters from the ground. Nordman fir is widely used as a Christmas indoor plant because the needles tend to remain attached to the plant for many weeks, even when the trunk is separated from the roots, or when the plant is in conditions of excessive heat and drought, and therefore suffers or even dies.The Christmas tree at home

The "real" Christmas tree, that is the natural one, consisting of a real small plant with roots, or the top without roots of an evergreen conifer, is still widely used; certainly, in addition to the aesthetic beauty of real pine needles, the natural fir also gives the warmth and scent of a real tree, coming from the Trentino woods in Italy. Unfortunately, if we want to keep the Christmas tree at home, this tree will be destined to almost certain death, as bringing it home will stimulate its development, but the practically summer climate in our homes is always excessively hot and dry for these trees , which in the living room (perhaps next to the fireplace) are constantly subjected to a completely unnatural climate for them, which causes great suffering. In addition to this, the presence of small electric lights between the needles, causes further heat and drought in the air. So if we don't want to make our Christmas fir tree suffer we have two options, the first is to buy a tip, instead of a tree with roots; in this way we buy the equivalent of a bouquet of flowers, which will last until the Epiphany and then will be ready for composting; or we can buy a small fir tree with its roots, and place it on the terrace, to the east, exposed to the cold. In both cases, in order for the plant to survive for as long as possible, it would be better to avoid small lights, so as to be able to vaporize the foliage frequently; avoid placing the tree near the radiator, the fireplace, the stove, and we prefer a room that is not very heated, and a place near the window that can be opened frequently. We place the tree with roots in a nice large vase, with universal soil and garden soil, which we will water lightly, without soaking it, every time it dries completely.

The synthetic fir

More and more often, instead of natural fir, plastic imitations are used; this substitution undoubtedly has its advantages: those suffering from allergies to conifers cannot bring a natural fir tree into the house; synthetic fir lasts a few years; during the Christmas period no care is needed for the tree, which in no way risks losing the needles. On the market we find many models of plastic Christmas trees, even of bizarre colors; at the time of choice let us remember that for some years we will be decorating our Christmas house, and therefore it is worth spending a few euros more to have a better product. To maintain it over the years, let's keep the packaging, and put it back carefully after Christmas, so that it is away from dust and shocks, which can irreparably damage fine needles. It is often said that the plastic Christmas tree is more environmentally friendly than the natural one; in reality with the natural tree we produce waste wood, which should be delivered as a green waste to landfill and then composted; in Italy many people work in the sector that deals with the cultivation of conifers, which are used to make furniture, timber and Christmas trees; Christmas trees are not taken from natural woods, but these plants are specially planted and cut periodically, as is the case for any cultivation. When we buy a synthetic Christmas tree over the course of a few years we will produce plastic waste that is difficult to make and will remain in the environment for several decades. Clear that the synthetic tree has many advantages, and if we do it last for many years also the environmental impact will be reduced.

Choose a Christmas tree

When we go to the nursery to buy Christmas fir trees, we usually find a large basket, containing several small trees, with all the branches tied tightly around the stem; this type of binding is not done to mask any gaps in the tree's foliage, but to be able to transport it, without the branches being damaged. If we have a little time, we can ask the nurseryman to unroll a couple of saplings, in order to better choose the one to take home, which will have to have a thick and compact crown, with a good number of branches full of needles, and a beautiful dark green color. Often the branches, tied tightly, take a few hours to return to their place, even if the repositioning can be slightly forced and accelerated with the hands; we take this into consideration when choosing. Many small fir trees then have a disproportionate top compared to the rest of the Tree, or rather it is very long and devoid of branches: if we buy a tree without roots, we can also cut it to shorten it, without this shortening the life of the plant without root system . Also in the case of synthetic Christmas trees it is good to choose wisely; there are saplings from a few euros, and large, beautiful trees, very similar to natural ones, with an astronomical cost; we keep in mind that the euros spent this year for the synthetic tree will be spread over the years of durability of the tree, and in general it is more beautiful a synthetic tree and more is robust, and therefore lasts longer, allowing us to spend a few euros more this year, for a tree that can last even for the next ten years. In any case, we avoid buying with a closed box, and we prefer stores that display at least one specimen of synthetic tree for each model they have for sale, so as to be able to see the final effect of the well-opened tree. Also in this case, the trees, in order to be packaged and moved, are closed and folded, so that they can occupy as little space as possible; once mounted the tree in the living room, before positioning the decorations, we open all the branches well, so as to make them parallel to the ground, and flatten the tips of the branches.

True Christmas tree

The real Christmas tree has some positive aspects and the negative aspects that we must consider and ponder before choosing whether to put a spruce with real needles or a plastic fir with plastic needles in the house. The beauty is certainly different and even if nowadays fake trees are identical to real ones as far as appearance is concerned, in reality the effect they do at home is very different. In addition to the scent of fir that the real trees emanate and that is able to invade the house with its very good essence of pine needles, fake trees are recognized for the extremely geometric effect they give. Being trees built in the factory, one cannot expect an appearance equal to that of real trees.
However the real trees have a big flaw: they get dirty. These trees in fact have leaves and resin and day after day they lose their needles on the floor, not to mention that it is easy to dirty the living room or parts of the house with the resin that these plants can lose.
The fake Christmas trees obviously do not dirty and do not lose the needles and above all, once Christmas is over, they can be moved and put back in the attic or in the garage without flooding the house with needles.
The choice therefore must be made considering these elements and trying to understand what are the things we do not tolerate: do we love the scent of fir needles or do we hate picking up the needles on the ground lost from the plant? Evaluate these things and make your choices

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