Planting Your Living Christmas Tree

Planting Your Living Christmas Tree

Planting Your Living Christmas Tree

 

You are purchasing a living tree* rather than a cut tree so you can have many more future years watching this tree grow. How it is cared for before, during and after the holiday, will have a major impact on it's ability to survive.

 

  • Pre-dig the hole where it is going to be installed. Take the soil and incorporate planting mix with it. Store it in a dry area. Cover the hole with a board so no one falls in.
  • Once you purchase the plant keep it outside and continue watering it so it doesn’t dry out.
  • Move it into a room or garage that is slightly warmer than the outside but cooler than the room you intend to leave it in for the holiday season for a few days.
  • Then move it to a room that does not get very hot. Do not put the tree near a heater or radiator.
  • Keep the plant in your house for no more than 7 days. The longer you keep it inside the greater the chance of it not surviving the upcoming winter.
  • Decorate the tree as you normally would and keep the plant well watered.
  • At the end, reverse the steps and bring it into that cooler room for a few days before going outdoors.
  • Try to install the plant on a milder day. Plant the tree according to our planting instructions. Water the plant after installation and place 3-6” of bark mulch around the plant for the first winter. 
  • If you could not install the plant then keep plant outside in a protected area and mulch the root system very deeply. This will insulate the roots for the upcoming winter.
  • In the spring take back the mulch to a 2-3” depth. Make sure the plant did not heave out of the ground. Water the plant as needed for the rest of the growing season.
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