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Small Christmas TreeEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Materials Needed:

  • 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)
  • clippers

Water Well

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.

Watering Re-Potted Christmas TreeEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Preparing to Plant a TreeEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Dislodge Root Ball From Pot and Slide OutEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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