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Our Nordmann Story
From Fir Cone To Christmas Tree
When customers choose their Christmas Tree, few of them will realise that it has taken between 13 and 15 years from the time the cone was harvested until the tree becomes the festive centre of attraction in their home at this special time of year.
By choosing the right sort of Christmas tree which is the Nordmann Fir, customers can avoid the problem of their Christmas Tree losing its needles and looking sad, dreary and dejected and having to constantly vacuum away the fallen needles.
The Nordmann Fir is one of the best for needle retention and has a fresh green colour with pretty spreading branches and soft non-prickly needles. For all these reasons the Nordmann Fir has become the favourite Christmas tree for an ever increasing number of Europeans.
The price of the Nordmann Fir is reflected in its outstanding quality and beauty which can only come from the care and attention that each tree is given right from the very start.
Collecting Fir cones for drying
Collecting Fir cones for drying
The best seed provenance comes from fir cones harvested from trees growing in Georgia, Russia and also from the best Danish trees originally grown from the Russian seed. The fir cones are harvested in the months of September and October from the old trees and the seeds are then separated from the cones. The seed is then cleaned and the shell and wings removed before drying and then stored at low temperature. Before sowing the seed is treated in order to retain the moisture and temperature levels that give the best germination and is then sown at the beginning of May in sandy nursery beds.

Prepared Seeds

Sandy nursery beds
Sandy nursery beds

4 Month old seedlings
4 Month old seedlings
2 Year old tree
2 Year old tree
3 Year old tree
3 Year old tree
After germination the plants are continuously cared for while they grow. Each plant must be kept clear of weeds around them and also need protection from fungal attacks. After three years in the nursery the small trees are transplanted into the plantation where they stay until fully mature. During the growing process the trees are constantly monitored and fertilised and where necessary bug and insect controlled and watered. The trees are also expertly pruned during their growth in order to ensure final quality and spectacular shape for the prime trees that will eventually be cut for the Christmas season.
Inspecting trees
Inspecting trees throughout the year to ensure quality
Weeding and pruning Pruning, weed control
and protection from fungal attack
Wind break to protect the trees  from frost and wind damage Wind break to protect the trees from frost and wind damage
Bottom pruning to improve air circulation
Bottom pruning
improve air circulation
It takes between 10 and 12 years for the trees to reach the height of a man. If the grower has been competent during the trees growth and has been lucky with the weather and other conditions, then up to 80% of the trees can be used as Christmas trees.
The harvest of Christmas trees begins in November, and the trees are cut with chain saws, all lower branches trimmed to leave room for gifts under the tree. The trees are then netted so that the branches do not break during transportation and palletised before loading on to the trucks that deliver them to us.
Selection of trees before tagging
The selection of trees before tagging
Quality tagging
Quality control tagging
A tagged tree
A tagged tree
The Nordmann Fir retains its needles so much better if it is placed in a special stand with a water reservoir and regularly filled with water whilst inside the house and will then last until "Twelfth Night" and beyond.

And finally

Need we say more!!

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