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.
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.
Pack the spaces around the root ball with more compost. Gently shake the container occasionally to distribute the compost evenly.
Fill the container to just below the rim with some more compost, then firm the earth around the plant with your hands.
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.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
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