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 funds 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. There are packages to suit all budgets, including the Baby Elf (a one foot, potted Christmas tree for $89) and the super popular Elf Package, which includes a 6ft hybrid radiata pine tree, delivery and installation for $119. For an extra fee, MCT will collect the tree after Christmas to be chipped and mulched. Decorations and candles are also available for online purchase.
Why not pick up a fresh tree and enjoy a free wine tasting from Monochino Winery at the same time? Trees range from 2ft to 15ft tall and prices start from as low as $28. You can also buy a tree stand and stock up on decorations.
Christmas Trees on the Run has four farms around Melbourne. You can either visit and pick your own tree in person, 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 cost $130, while an eight-footer will set you back a little over $210. Delivery is free from Monday to Friday to Melbourne metropolitan areas and, as an incentive not to leave your tree up for months post Christmas, Real Christmas Trees Melbourne will collect your tree and dispose of it for free between Monday January 4 and Sunday January 10.
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. Trees range from 3ft to 10ft. In terms of cost, it's roughly a tenner per foot.
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.