Choosing & Caring for your Christmas Tree

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Potted Christmas Trees

If you want a tree that you can plant after christmas then smaller potted Christmas trees have the best chance of survival because proportionally, they've lost less of their roots to enable them to be taken in to the house, but please remember, they are outdoor trees and taking them inside means we can't guarantee their survival.

Immediately upon receiving your tree, remove the packaging. Store the tree upright in a cool building (garden shed or garage) and keep it well watered. Aim to keep the tree in a cool building for as long as possible, taking it inside just before Christmas and ideally putting it in the coolest room away from open fires and radiators. Water the tree daily and if possible, spray the foliage with water (taking care to turn off and avoid the lights!).

As soon as possible, after Christmas, take the tree outside. Dig a hole about 50mm deeper than the top of the pot and sprinkle a handful of bonemeal in the hole and on the soil to be backfilled. Carefully place the pot in the hole and pull the tree out of the pot. The soil may fall away but try and make sure that the soil and the roots stay in contact in the hole. Backfill the hole, firming down each layer with your heel. Make sure the tree is upright and stake at 45 degree angle if necessary. Water roots and foliage copiously in dry periods. Don't worry if some of the needles fall off initially - it may be transplant shock and they will come back if the tree survives.
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