Keep A Tree For Life
Recycle your Christmas tree by potting it on and enjoying it on your patio throughout summer.
Then bring it back inside for a second or even third season before planting it outside in the ground.
- large plastic pot
- broken clay pot pieces
- soil-based ericaceous potting mix
- sturdy gloves
- well-rotted organic matter, such as manure
- all-purpose granular fertilizer (eg, Growmore)
When the festive season is over, store your tree for a few weeks in a shed, as you did before bringing it into the house for Christmas. Water it frequently, and don’t allow the soil to dry out.
Prepare A New Container
Buy a plastic pot, which will be light and easy to move around, one size larger than the original container. Put some broken clay pot pieces over the drainage holes at the bottom and add a layer of soil on top.
Remove The Tree
Wearing heavy-duty gloves, squeeze the tree’s pot around the sides to dislodge the root ball,and slide it out. Place the tree in its new pot.
Check that there is 2 in (5 cm) between the top of the root ball and the pot rim. Fill in around the roots with soil mixed with some fertilizer.
Water the tree well. Trim back the stems lightly with clippers to create a cone shape. If there are two stems at the top, cut one back to a bud to leave a single “leader.”
Norway spruce, Picea abies
Fraser fir, Abies fraseri
Nordmann fir, Abies nordmanniana