Christmas Tree in a Pot

One of the great pleasures of Christmas is decorating a real tree, so why not plant a living tree in a pot? A small tree makes a great table decoration. You can care for it through the seasons and reuse it for several Christmases to come.
Earth Friendly Potted Christmas Tree

Earth Friendly Potted Christmas Tree

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed:

  • 1 dwarf conifer tree with the roots well soaked in a bucket of water; if you choose another variety, check on the eventual height of the tree before you buy it
  • 1 container with draining holes
  • bark-based, coarse organic compost
  • watering can

Step 1

Tease the roots of the root ball to loosen them. Fill the base of the container with some compost and place the tree in the container.

Planting Christmas Tree In Pot

Planting Christmas Tree In Pot

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Pack the spaces around the root ball with more compost. Gently shake the container occasionally to distribute the compost evenly.

Packing a Root Ball with Compost

Packing a Root Ball with Compost

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Fill the container to just below the rim with some more compost, then firm the earth around the plant with your hands.

Compost-Filled Container

Compost-Filled Container

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Water the plant thoroughly to ensure that all the compost is wet. Allow to drain, and then bring it indoors to decorate. Tip: Don’t keep the tree indoors for longer than a month: the warmth and light may encourage it to break dormancy. Feed and water it regularly, re-pot into a larger container in early spring and add some slow-release organic fertilizer, such as comfrey pellets.

Holiday Safety Tip: Keep Your Tree Hydrated

Holiday Safety Tip: Keep Your Tree Hydrated

A dry tree will burn faster than one that's been watered, according to John Drengenberg, consumer safety director at Underwriters Lab, an independent safety science company. Check the water level of your tree daily and keep it in a vessel that can hold an adequate water supply. To test to see if your tree is sufficiently hydrated, give a branch a gentle tug and see if any needles break, he says.

© 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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