Metchosin's WINTERCREEK CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Live Potted Christmas Trees
Candy Canes and Oranges
for the children
Hours of Operation
Dec 1st to Dec 22nd
Daily 10am to 3pm
U-Cut your Christmas tree the old fashioned way! Choose your favourite tree and cut it from our field. Most trees can be trimmed to fit your needs The whole family will enjoy the outing to pick and cut your own tree.
Christmas trees are an exceedingly environmentally-friendly crop because a tree is only harvested after many years of growth. To ensure future harvests, 90% of the farm must remain in trees all the time. The growing crop of Christmas trees produce oxygen and also attracts and protects wildlife. At the end of the holiday season, most municipalities have a specific pick up and the trees are collected and chipped into mulch. This mulch is then used in a variety of ways - to cover hiking trails in area parks, to serve as protective covering in gardens, or to help retain moisture around a new plantings.
How To Care For Your Christmas Tree
Remember, a Christmas tree is a living thing, look after it as carefully as you would a cut flower. Once you select a Christmas tree, follow these suggestions to keep it fresh and safe:
1. If you plan to store the tree for several days, store the tree upright and place the butt end in a container of water. An area that provides protection from the wind and
sun will help the tree retain its moisture.
2. When you bring the tree into the house for decorating, make another fresh cut across the trunk about an inch from the original cut. Use a tree stand that holds plenty
of water. Trees are thirsty. They may drink up to four litres of water per day, so be sure to check daily and supply fresh water as needed. A stand which holds at least
four litres of water is recommended. If you allow the water level to drop below the bottom of the tree, a seal will form just as it does on a cut flower, and a new cut will be necessary.
3. Place your tree away from fireplaces, radiators, television sets and other sources of heat. Turn off the tree lights when you leave and before you retire at night.
Live potted Christmas Trees don't need a lot of special care! It is best to let your tree get use to indoor temperatures gradually by putting it in a garage or porch area for a few days before you bring it inside. These trees only like to be inside for a couple of weeks.
— image credit: Arnold Lim/News Gazette staff
article 2015 Goldstream Gazette