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Not Just For Christmas – Buy A Pot Grown Christmas Tree To Keep All Year Round

by Deirdre O Meara
Buy A Pot Grown Christmas Tree To Keep All Year Round

The approaching Christmas season will bring an inexhaustible supply of advice for decorating trees.  There are several ways to adorn your Christmas tree, whether you prefer homemade ornaments, vintage decorations, or a tree covered with tinsel. The tree itself, though, maybe more significant than the decorations. Which evergreen is most suitable for your household? Which will complement the rest of your design the best? A Douglas or Balsam fir is a great option for those of us who prefer real living Christmas trees to artificial ones.

But have you ever thought about a pot grown Christmas tree? They’re a more environmentally friendly, smaller alternative to cut trees, but they frequently need a little additional tender loving care to ensure that they remain happy and healthy all the way through December 25. If you want to make it last genuinely, it’s no easy task because these trees call for a little bit of a green thumb. Take a moment to brush up on your knowledge of potted Christmas trees and the maintenance they need in between all the holiday baking, turkey roasting, and gift-giving fun.

Why Should You Choose A Pot Grown Christmas Tree?

Given that you may theoretically plant the tree after the holiday season is done rather than just throwing it out on the curb, potted Christmas trees are sometimes seen as a more environmentally friendly alternative for holiday decorating. In reality, tree rental services are available to provide you a live tree for a predetermined amount of time and then handle the post-holiday planting so that the tree can be used the following year again. To give it the best chance of thriving, choose a potted tree that is native to your area if you intend to replant it yourself.

How Do You Choose The Right Pot-Grown Christmas Tree?

Before going to the nursery, keep these two things in mind; consider 150 pounds for a five-foot tree to understand how much heavier potted trees are than cut trees. Decide on your size carefully. This can be a good incentive to keep on the smaller side if you have to move the tree yourself.

Second, because they are alive, pot grown trees need to be moved somewhat upright because they are more delicate. The tree should ideally be supported by your trunk, with the top protruding through the back hatch.

Spend some time looking for a tree with strategically placed branches when purchasing a pot-grown tree. Avoid any with double-leading branches or where the top has been removed; it should have a single, centre-leading branch that points upward. When you run your fingers along a branch, the needles shouldn’t fall off easily and the leaves should be shiny and green.

Check the roots of potted trees carefully by lifting them out of their pots; some are taken from nursery fields in the weeks running up to Christmas and their roots are physically pushed into a container. Sadly, when trees are lifted, 25% or more of the root system might be destroyed, and many struggle to survive.

How Long Can A Pot Grown Christmas Tree Last?

Only a short period of time (about 7 to 10 days) can be spent indoors with potted trees before they start to acclimate to the interior temperatures and lose the hardiness needed to withstand the weather once replanted. The best time to purchase a potted tree is soon before Christmas rather than right after Thanksgiving so you can enjoy it for a few days before replanting it.

Another piece of advice is to if at all feasible, place your potted Christmas tree in an area of the house that is consistently colder. Less intense solar rays through the windows can assist in maintaining a cooler environment and keep the tree from fully acclimating to an overly warm environment.

How Often Should You Water A Pot Grown Christmas Tree?

The effects of overwatering on a potted Christmas tree can be severe. It is best to bear a few things in mind, such as making sure the container (at least the plastic liner or “first layer” of the planter) has an efficient drainage exit to enable extra water flow out. Every day, check the soil of your tree; if it appears dry, water the tree. The soil will appear to be more thirsty and have more roots because the tree is larger. Despite how tempting it may be, avoid overwatering!

Preserving Your Pot-Grown Christmas Tree

The tree will be disturbed if it is moved from a warm room to a chilly garden, so let it acclimate in a colder environment. You could plant the tree if you have the space, but remember that conifers can get quite tall. Additionally, if you intend to use it again as a Christmas tree, it is unlikely to thrive if dug up frequently.

The best option is to store the tree in a container if you plan to use it again. Move it into a slightly larger pot every spring, adding some controlled-release fertilizer granules and soil-based compost. Where to buy? Check out Cork Christmas Trees ar www.corkchristmastrees.com

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