For those of you wanting a “Potted Christmas Tree”, there are a few tips in caring for these, both during the Holiday season and planting it when the season is done.
Transporting and lugging your selection into the house is going to have built-in limitations because of tree and pot size. A potted four foot tree will sport at least a 25 gallon nursery pot. Let’s see that’s 10 to 12 pounds per gallon, so just the dirt alone will weigh at least 250 to 300 pounds. You may want the throttle back the tree size a tad.
Once you’ve wrangled it into the house, placement goes pretty much like the real tree situations; keep it away from the registers and sunny windows.
The one thing you’ll be doing differently when displaying a live tree, is pre-digging a hole for planting it when the season ends; and being that we had a coupke days of "above freezing temps" you can get that hole dug today before it gets freezing cold again. Make sure you fill a couple five gallon pails with the good soil you removed and place them where they won’t freeze. Also gather some leaves into a trash bag if you can.
Once the season is over, and it’s time to plant your tree, move it out to the garage for a week to get it acclimated to the cold weather. Think about the “Polar People” who jump into the icy water on a dare...now put yourself into the scenario... think about the tree who has gotten rather used to your warm digs over the last 20 days.As you try and scrape the frozen dirt piled next to the hole to back fill your tree, you remember the two pails you brought into the garage. That was much easier wasn’t it?
Water it all in; and lastly pile the leaves you gathered under the tree to help insulate the root somewhat.
When scouting out a location for your little Spruce or Douglas fir, keep in mind they can get 50’ tall by 20 to 25 feet wide. Miscalculate on this and at least you’ve got a home grown Christmas tree to cut 10 years from now.
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