Five Things You Should Know About Potted Christmas Trees

Submitted 2 years ago
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Henry Homeyer

It’s admirable that you would like to help save the environment by buying a living Christmas tree growing in a pot. But it’s a little more complicated than you might think. Consider this:

1. Regular Christmas trees we cut each year are grown as a crop that is planted and harvested. Just like corn, or tomatoes. You are not killing a wild tree, you are supporting a tree farmer – who grows thousands of trees that help the environment every day of the year.

Tree farms do good for the environment all year

2.     It’s very tough to succeed when planting a living Christmas tree in January. The ground is often frozen and roots quickly become dormant. The temperatures, light conditions and moisture levels in your living room are quite different from the conditions it will encounter outdoors in January. Moving it outdoors will be quite a shock. 

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3.     If you do want to grow a living tree in the house, you can. You might want to dig the hole for it now, before the ground freezes, and save the soil you dug in a bucket in the house, 

4.     To succeed, keep your tree cool and hydrated. Don’t place it near a radiator or woodstove.

5.     Water when the soil is dry. Allow the water to run through the soil and into the catchment basin beneath it. Then let it dry out again. 

A nice tree at the Noda Farm on Bean Road in Meriden, NH

Whether you want a live tree or a cut tree is a personal decision. What you decide is not going to change the world – no matter what you decide.

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