“Every year comes the Christ Child” … and the Christmas tree. So the Christmassy garden friend ponders whether this time it could not be a Christmas tree in a pot.
Of course, this could also enrich the garden with its “green leaves” after the hard festive days.
The offer is large every year, but if the Nordmann fir freed from tinsel and balls is to have a chance of survival, there are a few tips that we would like to introduce to you here.
From cheap to gem – which is a better choice?
Much of what is offered in the run-up to Christmas is in the narrower sense a Christmas tree in a flowerpot, but often enough the good piece has come onto the market with much too small or capped root balls. Some even come to the sales booth without any bales.
In addition, you did not get enough water until the sale and accordingly there is little prospect of growing in the garden after the gift giving. Even rooting powder can no longer help.
A far better option is to choose a Christmas tree in the nursery you trust. In addition to a significantly larger selection of trees, freshly picked or bale wrapped in a cloth is also delivered here.
It goes without saying that you don’t just march into the fir forest with a folding spade to dig up your own sapling. So poaching is not allowed.
Plan potential planting before buying
If the Christmas tree should continue to live after the gift giving, you should already choose a suitable place in the garden. Ideally, it then matches the existing inventory in terms of shape, type and size and is given a place that meets its location requirements.
Foresters will also tell you which types of trees they would like to have in their forest area and where you can bury the tree. In this case you always have a great destination for a walk to pay a visit to “your” tree and to follow its growth.
Transplanting works just like any other larger tree:
Dig large hole (twice as deep and wide as the bale)
Remove plant tissue
Insert and kick the bale
Pour on properly
If you want to do something good, sprinkle some horn shavings to make it easier to grow.
By the way, pine, Douglas fir and red spruce as Christmas trees are the most promising candidates for planting out. The popular Nordmann firs can be replanted with less success.
Dealing with the tree in the house
If you are one of those people who want to have the Christmas tree in the heated living room for several weeks, it should be said that every tree in the pot cannot withstand this situation. An extreme temperature change and dry heating air kill every open air plant.
Tip 1: If there is a possibility, the tree should only be placed in the house shortly before Christmas Eve. It is important to pay attention to the location, which should not be on a radiator or on the fireplace.
Tip 2: The final planting should take place about 1 week later after New Year’s Eve at the latest. This increases the chance of successful growth and a tree was saved from the Christmas consumption constraint.
Tip 3: As long as the Christmas tree remains in the house, it needs a lot of water. There is less spilling, more padding. The chance of survival of the tree increases significantly with larger watering. In heated apartments, the water evaporates faster than you think.
The Christmas tree in the pot is an excellent idea and allows, with the appropriate planning and foresight, to beautify your own garden after the festival.