A live Christmas tree in a pot is a long-term commitment but all works well.
Compared to artificial wood, they require more maintenance every year, but they are more environmentally sound and do not require space in your closet. A shower of water will remove the dust from the house.
Like bonsai trees, Christmas trees need to be potted like trees, exposed to sunlight, nutrients and moisture for most of their life.
You need to slightly water the trees in the pot, and protect them from the sun and the winds that will dry them out and you won’t see them.
After a few weeks inside for Christmas, put your tree in the morning sun.
Use Seasol and other soil conditioners (not fertilizers) to help the tree get rid of the stress of being indoors, and water it outside four times a year.
Plants should be repotted every two years. Using a good quality potting mix is also important for their health and well being.
Potted plants are grown in pots and we can buy them in different types and sizes.
Most gardeners remind their customers to ‘remember to use a saucer under your pot’ especially when bringing wood inside.
Any tree can be a Christmas tree. For natives, Gympie Landcare has Bribie Island Pines (Callitris columellaris).
You can try exotic items at local nurseries.
The Thuja Rosedalis is a bush tree with soft and fluffy leaves. Slow growing, about 75cm x 60cm in the first 10 years.
Don’t be alarmed if your tree changes color from yellow to plum throughout the year – it’s normal.
Spartan Juniper is a fast growing plant that is great for cutting into shape.
Christmas tree farms grow trees that are suitable for their area.
Here in south-east Queensland, Pinus Radiata (Monterey Pine) is probably the traditional Christmas tree.
Pinus Radiata has a unique scent to lift your Christmas spirit.
As far south as Australia, farmers sell Monterey Pine, White Spruce (Picea Glauca), Blue Spruce (Picea Pungens), and Norway Spruce (Picea Abies).
White Spruce Christmas trees are dwarf species that grow very slowly.
You can go local with natives to grow Araucaria Bidwillii (Bunya Pine), Araucaria Cunninghamii (Hoop Pine), or Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Island Pine).
These trees don’t look like the home decor books you ask for your Christmas tree, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Some Christmas trees are grown in the ground and planted in pots. These may not be as healthy and stable as those grown in pots.
There is a difference between cut trees and potted trees. Cut trees are like cut flowers – they need to be watered and die soon. It is better if they are not in the way of air-conditioning and air-drying.
Christmas tree cuttings are best for two weeks after cutting but may take longer if conditions are favorable.
When transporting a cut Christmas tree, use a net to protect it, protect it from noise and the heat of the sun.
Cuttings can be wetted and composted to avoid loading them there.
Some people move away from pine trees and use figs or lily pads.