All Posts   Posted:   November 25, 2015

The purchase of a living Christmas tree is a wonderful way to celebrate the season and provide an addition to your landscape and the environment.  There is a large variety of dwarf living trees that reach about 8 feet tall.  The most popular one at our garden centers is a Dwarf Alberta Spruce, which has a great natural Christmas tree shape. Living Christmas trees take some special care, but are worth the effort.

Before You Bring It Indoors

Once you have chosen your tree, gradually introduce it indoors over a period of three to four days via a garage or enclosed porch to get it acclimated to its new conditions. Spray the living Christmas tree with an anti-transpirant, such as Moisturin 5, which is locally made and non-toxic, to prevent the needles from drying out. Allow the anti-transparant to dry before moving the tree inside.

Where To Place It

Situate the tree in a well-lit room as opposed to a dark location where drapes remain drawn or natural light is inadequate. Place your tree in the coolest part of the room, away from heat sources.

What About Watering?

Keep the roots moist by watering lightly or by placing a tray of ice cubes on the soil surface. Do not allow the tree to remain in standing water.  The tree should be in a black plastic container or a decorative pot of your choice. Use a plastic saucer underneath to catch the excess water. Be careful not to let the roots dry out between watering. The best way to water the tree while it is in the house is by using a tray of ice cubes once a day.

Can I Decorate The Tree With Ornaments & Lights?

Certainly! Decorate as you would a fresh cut tree however LED lights are recommended as they burn a cool light. Larger lights could cause excessive drying and eventual browning and death of the tree.

How Long Can I Keep The Tree Indoors?

We recommend keeping your living Christmas tree inside the home no loger than a week to ten day, especially if your home is kept very warm. It may stay inside a little longer if the room is cool. Avoid placing the tree close to a fireplace or heating outlets since excess warmth can damage a live tree.

Special Care After Christmas

When ready to move your tree outside, hose it off with a fine mist spray. Do not take the tree directly from the warm house and plant in the cold yard if temperatures are below 32 degrees. Gradually reintroduce your tree back outside again via garage or enclosed porch and plant in your landscape. You may also wait until spring to plant but remember to keep your tree watered while it waits!

If living Christmas trees aren't your thing, be sure to check out our great selection of fresh-cut Christmas trees.

The purchase of a living Christmas tree is a wonderful way to celebrate the season and provide an addition to your landscape and the environment.  There is a large variety of dwarf living trees that reach about 8 feet tall.  The most popular one at our garden centers is a Dwarf Alberta Spruce, which has a great natural Christmas tree shape. Living Christmas trees take some special care, but are worth the effort.

Before You Bring It Indoors

Once you have chosen your tree, gradually introduce it indoors over a period of three to four days via a garage or enclosed porch to get it acclimated to its new conditions. Spray the living Christmas tree with an anti-transpirant, such as Moisturin 5, which is locally made and non-toxic, to prevent the needles from drying out. Allow the anti-transparant to dry before moving the tree inside.

Where To Place It

Situate the tree in a well-lit room as opposed to a dark location where drapes remain drawn or natural light is inadequate. Place your tree in the coolest part of the room, away from heat sources.

What About Watering?

Keep the roots moist by watering lightly or by placing a tray of ice cubes on the soil surface. Do not allow the tree to remain in standing water.  The tree should be in a black plastic container or a decorative pot of your choice. Use a plastic saucer underneath to catch the excess water. Be careful not to let the roots dry out between watering. The best way to water the tree while it is in the house is by using a tray of ice cubes once a day.

Can I Decorate The Tree With Ornaments & Lights?

Certainly! Decorate as you would a fresh cut tree however LED lights are recommended as they burn a cool light. Larger lights could cause excessive drying and eventual browning and death of the tree.

How Long Can I Keep The Tree Indoors?

We recommend keeping your living Christmas tree inside the home no loger than a week to ten day, especially if your home is kept very warm. It may stay inside a little longer if the room is cool. Avoid placing the tree close to a fireplace or heating outlets since excess warmth can damage a live tree.

Special Care After Christmas

When ready to move your tree outside, hose it off with a fine mist spray. Do not take the tree directly from the warm house and plant in the cold yard if temperatures are below 32 degrees. Gradually reintroduce your tree back outside again via garage or enclosed porch and plant in your landscape. You may also wait until spring to plant but remember to keep your tree watered while it waits!

If living Christmas trees aren't your thing, be sure to check out our great selection of fresh-cut Christmas trees.