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Living Christmas Tree

This may be the year you decide to enjoy the holidays and expand your landscape with a living Christmas tree.

Locate a nursery or Christmas tree farm that sells living trees.   Select a tree suited to your holiday celebration, landscape design, and growing conditions.   You’ll also need a large container for balled in burlap trees.

Dig a hole, if your ground isn’t frozen, large enough to accommodate the tree.  Cover the hole to avoid injury.  Store the soil in an area where it won’t freeze.   Keep your tree outdoors in a protected location and water as needed.  

Move the tree indoors just prior to your celebrations.  The longer the tree remains indoors the more likely it will break dormancy and start to grow and need to remain indoors until the weather is right for planting.

Gradually move dormant trees to the outdoors.  Once adapted… plant, water, and mulch your holiday tree.  Protect from winter wind and sun the first season.

A bit more information:  Trees that sprout indoors should be moved to a cool bright location.  Water thoroughly whenever the top few inches of soil are starting to dry.  If the tree is dormant but the soil is frozen and can’t be planted you can still move it outdoors.  Set the tree in a protected location outdoors and cover the container or balled in burlap roots with woodchips, topsoil or other insulating material.  Water whenever the soil is thawed and dry.

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