December 10th, 2013
Keep it Real with a Live Christmas Tree!
If you don’t want to kill a tree this Christmas, or your apartment strata doesn’t allow cut Christmas trees why not try a Live Christmas Tree this holiday season? A live Christmas tree still has it roots attached and can live for many years (If you take care of it). You can choose from a selection of Live trees including Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, Colorado Spruce, Norway Spruce, Omorika (Serbian) Spruce, Austrian Pine, or Scotch Pine.
If you do choose a live tree this Christmas there are some important things to know about having a live tree indoors. The most important thing to know is that live trees cannot be kept inside the house for more than 7 to 10 days. If you keep your live tree indoors for too long the tree will think that it is spring and start to grow. Then when you put it outside the tree gets shocked and will die. If you try to keep your live tree indoors all winter it will not be able to handle to warm dry air and it will die. Which generally defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?
In order to prevent this from happening you should acclimatize the tree to indoor temperatures by following these steps:
- On the first day place the tree in a cool area between 10° and 15° C (50° to 59° F)
- On the second day bring the tree indoors and place in its spot
- Place the tree away from the fireplace and all heating vents
- Keep the roots of the tree moist while indoors by checking it every day
- Use only miniature or LED Christmas lights
- Do not leave the lights on for more than 4 to 6 hours per day
When the Holidays are over you need to acclimatize the tree to outdoor temperatures by:
- Placing the tree in a cool area for at least two days prior to moving outside
- Plant the tree in the garden with liquid transplanter fertilizer (If the temperatures outside are below freezing then keep the tree moist and cool, but prevent it from freezing, and delay planting until the ground has warmed up)
If you follow these simple steps you can enjoy your live tree for several years before it gets too big and needs to be planted in the ground.