Potted Christmas Trees

buy potted christmas trees imageOur potted Christmas tree is now in its third year, so we’ve saved quite a bit of money, not to mention two trees by choosing the potted option.  It will probably have to go out to pasture for good after this year as we simply will not be able to find a pot big enough for it, but we will certainly continue buying potted Christmas trees.

You can buy beautifully shaped, bushy Nordmann Fir potted Christmas trees from Crocus HERE.  Trees are dug up from the nursery (pictured left) with as much rootball intact as possible.

Crocus are one of our favourite suppliers of perennials and shrubs.  They really know their plants and are in a truly professional class.   Trees are delivered directly to the door on a date slot of your choice.

There is, I’ve discovered after some failures, a knack to maintaining living Christmas trees.

Tips For Keeping Potted Christmas Trees Alive

First of all you need to buy a decent tree with a decent root ball in the first place.  Sometimes Christmas trees are sold with just a piece of root which will certainly help them hold onto needles and stay fresh, but it won’t keep them alive for much longer than the festive season.

To ensure your Christmas tree’s survival whatever you do don’t place it near radiators or other sources of heat – and to be honest you’ll be far more successful if you don’t have central heating at all.  Coldest corner of the room is the order of the day.

You also need to acclimatize your Christmas tree slowly, when you bring it in and when you take it out again - think of them as you would of your Spring time seedlings, no nasty temperature shocks!  Going from a room that’s heated to 19 degrees just to be put out into a miserable January is a shock to any system. If you can find a cold unheated spare room, porch or even shed use this as a half way house.

Don’t forget to water your tree, I also mist ours from time to time – not with fairy lights on if you’re using them!  If you intend to keep the tree in its pot outside throughout the rest of the year then don’t forget to water it during the summer months also!

Avoid damaging the tree when removing decorations if you want it to look good next year.  We have two bare branches caused by some impatient end of festive season handling!

We bought ours as a bare root, if you choose this route (ahem!) pot your tree up using John Innes No.3, I also mix in a little ericaceous compost and then mulch with woodchip or leaf mould.

Here is one of Crocus’ potted christmas trees, looking in somewhat better shape than mine I think!  Click on the image or go here to visit the store.

If you need to buy a Christmas gift for the gardener in your life then don’t forget to visit the home and gift pages at Crocus also.  If it’s a bit of a tricky one and you are really unsure why not treat them to some Crocus gift vouchers?  Crocus supply plants to top garden designers such as Piet Oudolf and Tom Stuart Smith.  Their plants are of top notch quality and their after sales service is second to none.  If there is a question about a plant, they will answer it!

Check out gardening gifts and more at Crocus.

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2 comments to Potted Christmas Trees

  • Jo'ann

    We had a problem with spider might on our potted tree last year, any suggestions to prevent this please before we bring in inside would be appreciated.

  • goo

    Hi Jo’ann you might find the advice here useful. Keeping the tree damp whilst indoors – we suggest this in any case – will also help prevent worsening of the condition.

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