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.

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Earth Friendly Potted Christmas TreeEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 PotEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 CompostEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 ContainerEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from A Greener Christmas

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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