Everyone, or at least 99% of people, would like to have a Christmas tree in their home. Most people opt for an artificial Christmas tree, but many are also going for a living Christmas tree this season!
But how can you plant it in the garden afterwards? Here are some tips to help you out!
1) Choosing a Living Christmas Tree
What makes a good Christmas tree? Logically, you need a Christmas tree with roots. All Christmas trees that you find are just sawed off, therefore, do not participate in the story of planting outside.
Prepare a solid root pot with as much soil as possible between the roots.
Check the base of the tree: the soil must be moist. If the root pot is dry, the chances of success from the start are significantly reduced.
2) Transporting The Tree
When transporting the Christmas tree, ensure the root ball does not fall apart. For example, if you place the tree’s base in a burlap or plastic bag, the root ball will not fall apart.
Do not allow the roots to dry out. The thinnest and finest roots should not be damaged.
3) Unpacking the Christmas Tree
Christmas trees often come with a shipping NET in the store. Simply cut the netting or wire or, if possible, detach it from the tree in the correct direction, that is from the base up. If you pull against the direction, some branches will be broken off.
4) Plant Your Christmas Tree in a Large Pot as Soon as Possible
Plant it in a large pot as soon as you get home. Make sure there is an opening in the bottom of the pot, and place a dish underneath to hold excess water.
First, cover the bottom of the pot with 2-3 cm of stones or hydrogen to keep the roots dry. Then, place 5-10 cm of culture medium in the bottom of the pot, straighten the tree, and add more culture medium around the rootball. Press lightly.
Water well: not only to ensure that the tree is well hydrated but also to ensure that the new potting soil is well acclimated around the root pot.
If the soil sinks too low after watering, add new potting soil as needed.
5) Allow the Christmas Tree to Adapt to the Environment
After being brought in from outside during the cold winter months, a Christmas tree must enter a warm living room. The large difference in humidity, as well as temperature, is also a problem for the tree.
Therefore, we will adapt them gradually to these conditions. It is best to leave the tree in a garage or shed for a day or two at a temperature halfway between the outside temperature and the living room. Place it in a well-lit area.
6) Choosing a Good Place For The Christmas Tree
The best place for a Christmas tree is near a window, out of direct sunlight. Also, avoid placing it near a heater or stove. Or turn off the heating when the Christmas tree is there.
This is for two reasons: you want to minimize the fire risk, and it is better to prevent the tree from drying out.
7) Water the Tree Daily
Depending on the size of your Christmas tree, you can give it 0.5 to 1.5 liters of water per day. Make sure there are holes in the pot and a drip pan under the pot.
If you give too much water, it will end up in the dish, be absorbed by the soil a little bit, or evaporate. Ensure that there’s no constant water at your feet, and use a hydrogranule to help.
Let us know if these few tips have helped you in the comments below!