Want a real Christmas tree this year? Go out on a limb and try one of these places
When you buy a tree from MCT they donate $2 to support McAuley Community Services for Women and Kids Undercover. The trees are grown on a farm outside Melbourne and are delivered to your door. The Elf Package includes a 6ft hybrid radiata pine tree, delivery and installation for $119. For an extra fee, MCT will collect your tree after Christm to be chipped and mulched.
Families have been picking their own fresh trees from this Beveridge farm for 20 years. Trees range from 2ft to 15ft tall and prices start from as low as $30. You can also buy a tree stand and stock up on decorations.
Christmas Trees on the Run has eight farms around Melbourne that grow over 50,000 trees each year. You can visit the farms to choose your own tree, or order online and get your tree delivered. Undecorated trees start at 4-5ft and cost $96. Stands and decorations are sold separately.
Real Christmas Trees Melbourne has a variety of Christmas trees available, from 3ft to 15ft (!) tall. Six-foot trees start at $130, while an eight-footer will set you back a little over $210. Delivery is free from Monday to Friday to Melbourne metropolitan areas. For $25, they'll even collect your tree after Christmas.
This family-owned business operates two farms in the Somerville area and delivers trees to the Melbourne metropolitan areas. Visit on a weekend so the kids can hitch a ride on Santa's sleigh.
This Moorooduc farm has been around for over 30 years and has all the bells and whistles, including tractor rides, barbecues and visits from Santa on the weekends. Trees range from 4-10 feet and start at $55. Customers are encouraged to bring back their trees for recycling after Christmas.
Christmas tree care: How do you choose and care for your Christmas tree?
- A fresh, healthy tree will have needles that look shiny and green – not dry and brown.
- Test the needles on the branch – they shouldn’t fall off when you gently pull on a branch.
- Look for a tree that has sturdy branches and that has some space between branches, so you can hang ornaments.
- When you get your tree, make a straight cut across the base of the tree trunk, place it in a stand or bucket and immerse the trunk in water to about 10cms deep. When the tree is harvested, sap forms a seal over the cut and stops the tree absorbing water. A new cut allows a tree to absorb water again.
- Your tree needs to be watered regularly so check water levels daily and refill as needed. Christmas trees are thirsty and water keeps them looking green and healthy and prevents needles dropping off.
- If you forget to water your tree for a few days, stand it in a saucer of water until the soil feels moist again.
- Keep your tree as far away as possible from heat eg a fireplace, radiator, ducted heating vent and TV and keep it away from direct sunlight.