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Living Christmas tree care guide

By: Garden Gate staff
Make the holidays extra special with a living Christmas tree.

Living Christmas tree care guide

Having a living Christmas tree and then planting it outdoors is a great way to remember the holiday.

Before you bring it inside, spray the foliage with an antidesiccant, such as Wilt-Pruf®, and allow it to dry outdoors. Then place your tree in a cool spot indoors, such as a porch or entryway, near windows and away from heat ducts and fireplaces, keeping the thermostat at 68 degrees F or cooler. Put the root ball in a pot or on a tray and cover it with a plastic bag. Water it every day. Your tree will dry out quickly indoors, so you’ll only be able to keep it this way for about 10 days.

Plant your tree after the holiday. If you expect the soil to be frozen where you live, predig the hole in fall and store the soil in the garage. The hole should be just as deep and twice as wide as the root ball. Position the tree and backfill with soil, gently tamping and watering to remove air pockets. Add a few inches of wood mulch around the tree and double wrap it with burlap to protect the foliage from drying winds the rest of the winter.

Published: Dec. 8, 2015
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