When it comes to planted Christmas Trees, you need to know which one you are buying.
Here are some of the more common trees that you are most likely to see. I have tried to keep the description as short as possible. Believe me, it could have been worse.
Picea abies (Norway spruce): Traditional Christmas tree with a good scent, but quick to drop its needles.
Abies nordmanniana (Nordmann fir): Dark green needles that are very slow to drop, but more expensive than Norway spruce.
Picea pungens Glauca group (Blue spruce): Blue needles, more prickly than other trees, holds its needles better than the Norway spruce.
Abies koreana (Korean fir): Dark green, slightly curling needles. Excellent needle-holding quality.
Abies fraseri (Fraser fir): Good needle-holding properties, a lovely pine fragrance and the regular shape of a Norway spruce.
I don’t want to repeat myself for no reason so I would advise looking at my previous article for more information on how to:
- Choose your tree.
- Put it in the perfect position.
- Minimizing fire risks.
Care of your potted tree.
Bear in mind, what you are purchasing is essentially a temporary houseplant. Over the holidays when you keep it indoors, your main concern is watering. As with most houseplants, if you water it too much it will die of ‘root-rot’; and too little and the tree will dry out, turn brown and drop its needles.
- To minimize the chance of the tree drying out, keep in mind that it will be warm inside the house and will dry out quicker. Potted trees will have a lot of roots which are tightly bound in the container. Check the soil regularly to make sure it’s not too dry for long periods of time.
- To prevent the tree from ‘root-rot’ you need to make sure the container has good drainage. A decent size saucer will do the trick nicely! Don’t put so much water in that it is sitting in water for too long periods of time. You probably wouldn’t want to sit in the bath for days on end.
Potted trees should be fairly easy going indoors, they generally won’t have any problems unless you put it too near a heat source like a radiator, lamp, or television. This may cause the tree to dry out and drop its needles.
The tree will naturally shed some of its needles, this is not something to worry about. However, it should become a worry if it sheds to many of its needles and looks bare before the season ends.
What to do with it after Christmas.
After the season and you will want to get the tree out of your house, there is more than one option that just throwing it away. You can recycle it at the farm/garden centre which you bought it from, take it to the dump (if they have appropriate disposal facilities) or turn it into garden waste, as mentioned in my previous article.
However with potted Christmas trees you can plant them in the garden!
If your tree is in a container of some sort, you can simply remove it from the packaging and plant it in the garden. They are pretty hardy and easy going once they are outside.
It you had purchased it in a sack or similar material, you can simply remove the sack and plant it in soil.
These trees should have a reasonable chance of success if planted after Christmas.
All information has been from my own knowledge and backing up from the below sources.