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How to Plant a Christmas Tree in Your Backyard

Here’s how to prepare, select, and plan to plant a Christmas tree in your backyard to keep it alive after the holiday season.

By Max Alexander

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A faux Christmas tree that you can pack away after each holiday season is a huge convenience. But, there are a handful of benefits that come with choosing a live Christmas tree. Then, after the holiday season ends, you can plant your Christmas tree in your backyard.

Can You Plant a Christmas Tree After Using It?

Yes, you can plant your Christmas tree in your backyard if the root ball is intact. To keep your live Christmas tree after the holiday season ends, it’s best to start preparing to plant it around Thanksgiving so that you can dig a hole for it before it gets colder. However, as long as the ground is not frozen, you should be able to dig the hole after the holiday season.

How to Plant a Christmas Tree

1. Prep the Ground

  • Dig a hole roughly 2 feet in diameter and 18 inches deep, in preparation for the tree that will eventually be planted there.
  • Place the removed soil in plastic buckets and haul it into the garage, where it won't freeze.
  • As a planting rule of thumb, the hole should be dug about the depth of the root ball and 1.5 to 2 times the diameter. If you know the size of your tree, don't be afraid to dig a bigger hole.

2. Insulating, Protecting the Christmas Tree Planting Hole

  • After you’ve finished digging, insulate the hole to keep its walls from freezing by stuffing it with a plastic bag full of fallen leaves.
  • The last step is a safety precaution: covering the hole with a sturdy board to prevent the possibility of someone tripping or tumbling in.

3. Tree Shopping at the Nursery

  • Just before Christmas, choose your Christmas tree. Examine the trees for freshness; they should have a healthy green appearance and the needles should be flexible and not come off in the hand as you gently stroke a branch. In addition, the root ball should be well-watered.
  • If your tree has a burlap-wrapped root ball, this indicates it was grown in the ground and dug up for transport, as opposed to being a container-grown variety. Either works fine as a Christmas tree.

4. Caring for a Living Christmas Tree

  • Setting up a living Christmas tree is as simple as carrying it indoors and keeping it watered daily. To help the tree retain moisture, before bringing it into the house, spray the needles with an organic solution of pine oil suspended in water.
  • The anti-transpirant treatment partially blocks the microscopic pores, called stomata, through which the tree "exhales."
  • Both container-grown and balled-and-burlapped varieties need to be placed in watertight vessels or on large saucers in a cool location away from heat sources such as wood stoves, fireplaces, and heating vents. A decorative basket or fabric wrap completes the setup.

5. Transitioning the Tree to Cold Weather

  • A week after Christmas, move the tree to the garage before transferring it to the planting hole. Keeping it here for a day or two helps the fir acclimate to the cold.
  • Cut away the wire basket around the root ball, loosen the burlap, and position the tree in the hole.
  • You want the point where the root ball meets the trunk to be slightly higher than the natural grade because there will be some settling.

6. Safeguarding the Tree Against Freeze

  • Next, shovel in the saved backfill. Tamp it in well with the end of your shovel; if air gets in during winter, it will freeze-dry the roots.
  • Be sure to water well—really soak it down—and then mulch with the ground bark. The mulch helps avoid wide fluctuations in soil temperature and conserves moisture.
  • As with a shrub or tree planted in the spring, it should be watered regularly thereafter.

How to Take Care of a Potted Christmas Tree the Right Way

This post will teach you how to take care of a potted Christmas tree, including what to do it your potted Christmas tree is losing needles, how much water your live Christmas tree needs, where you can find the perfect potted Christmas tree, how to plant your tree after Christmas, and more!

How to Take Care of a Potted Christmas Tree the Right Way

We’re doing something a bit different this year. We’ve never had a real fresh-cut Christmas tree—well, as adults, I mean. We had them growing up. I remember them being messy, very very messy. So for as long as Mike and I have lived together, we’ve had a fake tree.

However, last year after Christmas, we sold the fake tree on Facebook Marketplace. We used to store it in Ramona’s closet, but with Ramona in the picture, storing it was becoming more difficult. Instead of getting a new fake tree this year or getting a cut tree, I decided to try something new and get a smaller potted live Christmas tree.

The ideal is appealing to me because we can plant the tree after Christmas. And who doesn’t like planting trees? It’s pretty much the most eco-friendly option we could think of. So let’s chat about some of the benefits of getting a live Christmas tree and how to take care of a potted Christmas tree.

Why choose a live Christmas tree over an artificial tree?

There’s something to be said for buying a fake tree and using it every year for a really long time. If you did that, a fake tree would be a better option than cutting a real tree down every year. But most people—including us—do not. Fake trees break down, or you don’t have a place to store them, or you want to get a bigger one.

That means that artificial trees can get pretty wasteful, especially when you look at the amount of non-renewable energy goes into the process. And the fact that many artificial trees are made using PVC, a plastic that is not biodegradable and is derived from petroleum. Artificial trees are almost always not recyclable or biodegradable. 

So just imagine all of those sad old trees with burnt out lights you once thought were convenient, but then they blew and you couldn’t take them off so you had to get rid of the tree, and now it’s sitting in a landfill forever and ever and ever until Jesus literally returns (if you believe that sort of thing, which I don’t, but it seems appropriate given Christmas is his birthday and stuff). 

Our fake tree that we sold last year.

Okay, but what about a fresh cut tree?

So why not get a real cut tree? Well, at least it can become one with nature after it’s run its course for the holidays. And you can turn it into mulch and do other cool practical stuff with it. But it’s still a dead tree and its days are numbers from the second you cut it down. Grim. Are you feeling for the trees yet?

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Okay, you’ve sold me. Let’s hear about potted Christmas trees!

So this year we decided to do something different and buy a real live potted Christmas tree to decorate. That means we had to make a few changes, namely going with a small tree and having it up for less time. But we’re busy so that’s ultimately fine.

Most importantly, we’ll be able to either keep the tree in its pot and use it for a few years as a Christmas tree, taking it indoors every year in December. Or we’ll just plant the live potted tree after we use it indoors this year. It will grow and become part of wherever we plant it, contributing all that good environmentally friendly tree planting juju stuff people love. 

Live potted Christmas trees also have some other great, more tangible benefits. For example, they smell amazing, they are less likely to catch on fire because they don’t dry out (when tended to!), and they can become a unique family tradition. I’d love to make it a tradition—getting real trees and planting them.

Where can I get a potted Christmas tree?

Many stores sell potted Christmas trees now. I’d suggest going in person so you can choose the tree you want, though I’ve even seen the smaller ones for sale online. Big box stores like Home Depot, Lowes, and other large stores with garden centers (think Walmart, Menards) usually have them beginning in November. However, we went to a local nursery, and I’ll tell you why.

Choosing a living Christmas Tree and when to buy it

A local nursery is your best bet. First, you will probably pay a bit more, but you’ll know you’re getting a fantastic, healthy product. Second, you’ll also be able to ask questions to someone who is likely more knowledgeable than the employees at big box stores. And third, you can guarantee they’ll have varieties that are appropriate for your yard’s climate. 

We chose a baby blue spruce because it was gorgeous! There were a few other varieties at our nursery, but we really loved this one. I also like how short and stout it is. 🙂 We actually bought ours in late November, but we kept it outside on our balcony until mid-December. 

If you want to buy your potted Christmas tree early, make sure you have somewhere outdoors to keep it until you’re ready to bring it inside. And don’t bring it inside until as close to Christmas as you can get. Usually 1–2 weeks. 

Potted Christmas Tree Care Tips: Where to put the tree

Choose a sunny spot near a window. This is probably one of the cooler spots in your house, which is great because live trees like bright natural light and cool temperatures. Placement near a window will help ensure they get enough light and aren’t overheated. Speaking of—avoid heat registers if you can. If you can’t, you can shut them temporarily. 

Transitioning your potted tree from outdoors into a cool garage for a week or two is recommended. Otherwise, your tree could be a bit shocked. That wasn’t practical for us, though. If you want to put your potted tree on a rolling plant caddy, you can easily roll it outdoors on a cool sunny day for a little breather.

How much to water a potted Christmas tree

Water your potted Christmas tree every day. The bucket it comes in will have drainage holes, so you’ll want to get a large clear drainage saucer to put under the bucket. A nice watering tip for a real potted tree—or any plant that likes to absorb water deeply and slowly—is to water it by covering the surface of the soil with ice cubes.

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Why is my potted christmas tree losing needles

It’s probably unhappy with you for having it indoors. 🙂 Make sure you’re watering daily and providing enough sunlight. Also make sure to protect it from as much heat as possible, and remember that you can give the tree breaks outdoors on nice days if you’d like to.

How to plant a potted christmas tree

This really does depend on the tree you get, the conditions where you live, and what kind of outdoor space you have. So I’ll tell you what the general recommendations are and what I’m planning to do with ours. Generally, if your ground isn’t frozen, you should let your tree acclimate outdoors in a sheltered location for a week or two. Keep it well watered during this time. Then you can plant it. 

If the ground is frozen, you can put the potted live Christmas tree in a sheltered outdoor location, preferably one that isn’t exposed to direct winds but does get some good natural light. You can plant it on a milder day. 

When you plant the tree, dig a hole twice as wide as the tree’s root ball. Set the tree down into the hole and cover it with dirt. While the roots are getting established, make sure to protect it from wind if you can. Some people use stakes and wire with new trees. 

Our fence helps block a lot of wind, so after Christmas, we’ll likely move our tree down to the patio. It gets good sun on the corner, but it is covered by the balcony, and the fence and balcony both help shield the area from the worst of the elements. If all goes as planned, I hope to plant the tree in late March. I’ll update this post when the time comes!

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How to grow spruce in a pot at home?


  • 1 Spruce types
  • 2 Spruce care at home
  • 3 Possible problems when growing spruce at home
  • 4 Can you grow spruce yourself?
  • 5 How to grow spruce
  • 6 How to transplant spruce from the forest
  • 7 How to grow spruce at home (video)

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Spruce (Picea)

Family - pine (Pinaceae).

Origin - North America, Northern Europe, Northeast and Central Asia, Western and Central China.

Growing a Christmas tree at home is not at all easy, but today many people follow this path, trying to protect millions of young trees from a ruthless custom. Someone brings home a Christmas tree in a container, bought in the nearest greenhouse, someone tries to grow a spruce from seeds.

When growing spruce at home, it is most difficult to provide the tree with a period of winter dormancy. This requires a cold, bright and well-ventilated room, which is difficult to find in a heated apartment. In the heat, the Christmas tree cannot “fall asleep”, its natural cycle is disrupted, which leads to the appearance of uncharacteristic painful shoots or drying out.

Also, do not forget that in nature, spruce is a large, powerful tree that cannot be permanently locked in a pot. A two-three-year-old tree must be transplanted into its natural habitat, no matter how sorry it is to part with a pet.

Types of spruces

For those who decide to grow a Christmas tree at home, it is better to pay attention to such unpretentious and inexpensive species as common spruce or prickly spruce. The Serbian spruce is very hardy, the dark green needles of which are illuminated from below with silver.

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Norway spruce

Prickly spruce

Serbian spruce

Serbian spruce

There are dwarf spruce species: Canadian spruce Conica (ten year old plant about 50 cm) or common spruce Nidiformis (30 cm), which can fit in an apartment, but their appearance is somewhat different from the traditional one.

Canadian spruce Conica

Norway spruce Nidiformis

Household spruce care

Lighting . Spruce prefers bright diffused light. Young trees should be grown in a well-lit area, protected from direct sunlight. Spring sunburns are especially dangerous.

Temperature rating . Moderate, requires coolness in winter. The optimum winter temperature is +6 - +10°C. Spruce can easily withstand a drop in temperature to negative levels (at night on the loggia), but at the same time you need to make sure that the lump of earth does not freeze. In summer, ventilation is necessary.

Watering . Regular abundant watering from spring to autumn. The clod of earth must be constantly evenly moistened. Drying out or waterlogging is unacceptable. During the dormant period, watering is reduced to once every 2-3 weeks (if the room temperature is +5 - +10 ° C). If the temperature is about 0 ° C, then watering is reduced to once a month.

Occasional spraying with a fine sprayer is necessary, especially in winter in a heated room.

Fertilizers . Top dressing with universal fertilizers for growth.

Earth mix . In order to grow spruce from seeds, acidic soil is needed. You can buy special soil for coniferous plants, or prepare it yourself by mixing in equal proportions the universal soil mixture and the soil from the coniferous forest.

Transplant . The transplant is extremely difficult to tolerate spruce. It is necessary to maintain the integrity of the coma of the earth and prevent the roots from being exposed. Transplantation is carried out every two years in late spring.

Reproduction . In order to successfully grow spruce from seeds, it is necessary to collect seeds from open cones collected between November and February. Seeds should be sown to a depth of no more than 0.5 cm. Before germination, the pot should be in a ventilated cool room (in nature, spruce sprouts in early spring under snow).

One-year-old seedlings usually reach a height of 15-25 cm, depending on the variety and growing conditions.

Possible problems when growing spruce at home

Needles turn yellow and fall off . Usually this is a consequence of care errors (temperature conditions, improper watering, sunburn). Affected branches are not restored. You can change the conditions of detention and spray with bio-regulators (drugs that increase plant immunity are sold in specialized stores).

The needles have lost their luster and are wrinkled. Insufficiently oxidized earth mixture. It is necessary to add soil from under coniferous trees to the topsoil. You need to be very careful: firstly, do not expose the roots of the plant, and secondly, do not allow the ground level to change, that is, do not plant the tree deeper than it was before.

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The forest beauty is an indispensable guest of the New Year holidays, but she can please the eye at any other time of the year. To do this, you just need to purchase not a cut tree, but in a pot or tub. You can buy a Christmas tree of this kind on the Internet without any problems.

But in order for it to take root, you will need to make a little effort and use the tips given in this article. They will help you grow a real stately beauty from a small Christmas tree.

Tip #1. For growing a Christmas tree in a pot, it is best to buy an ordinary or prickly spruce. These species are the least whimsical, so there is a high probability of achieving a positive result. And given that spruce is a tall, powerful tree in nature, dwarf species are most suitable for growing at home. Specialists of the New Elki Internet Bazaar will definitely dedicate you to such subtleties if you call (495)798-77-67, (916)508-36-11). The range includes Christmas trees in pots that can be grown at home.

Tip #2. Create favorable conditions for the plant. This applies to aspects such as lighting and temperature conditions. Spruce should be protected from direct sunlight, although there should be enough light. In the spring, there is a possibility of getting burns, which is very harmful for seedlings. +6 ... +10 is considered the optimum temperature in the cold season, so it is best to keep the container with the plant in a glazed loggia. In summer, do not forget to ventilate it. In no case should the earth freeze or dry out, otherwise the tree will die.

Tip #3. Proper watering and feeding. Three seasons - from spring to autumn - abundant watering is recommended. It is very important to monitor the uniformity of soil moisture. Both drying out and waterlogging will be harmful. The frequency of watering depends on the temperature: at +5 ... +10 - once every 2-3 weeks, at 0 degrees - once a month. It is also required to moisten the crown of the seedling. It is especially important to do this if live Christmas trees are in a heated room during the cold season. For top dressing, the usual means used for plant growth are suitable.

Tip #4. The soil for planting should be acidic. In stores you can find designed specifically for planting coniferous trees. If you decide to mix it yourself, then use the universal mixture and earth from the coniferous forest in equal proportions.

Tip #5. If you are going to transplant a Christmas tree, be very careful with the root system. Bare roots and violation of the integrity of the coma of the earth will lead to the fact that the tree will not take root. The most favorable time for "moving" is the end of spring. The frequency is once every two years.

If you have already decided to buy a Christmas tree on the Internet, then the New Elki online store is ready to help you make this wish come true. Above are the numbers by which you can call and place an order, and you can first get acquainted with the assortment by looking at the website of our Internet market at the address And let the forest beauty please you 365 days a year.


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Spruce is the most beautiful and capricious tree that you can try to grow at home. After all, she requires special care. Under natural conditions, the coniferous beauty is resistant to frost and does not tolerate the warm air of home conditions at all.

In order not to buy a barbarously felled tree on New Year's Eve, you can grow it yourself. It is known that under natural conditions a tree can live for 200 years. Spruce grown at home after three years should still be transplanted into open ground. But until this time comes, you can enjoy your personal coniferous masterpiece.

In order for a tree to grow, you need:

  1. Planting
  2. Watering and fertilizing
  3. Temperature setting
  4. Proper maintenance
  5. Lighting

As a rule, many people dream of growing their own spruce, but before you start this difficult task, you need to be confident in your abilities. Hard work and proper care will provide you with two or three years of observing the growth of the forest beauty.

There are three ways to grow coniferous beauty at home:

  • seeds
  • cuttings
  • seedlings

Propagation of spruce from seeds

Under natural conditions, seeds fall out of the fruits of the tree, cones, which fall to the ground in autumn. Then all winter they are under a layer of snow and only by the end of February, at the beginning of May, they begin to germinate.

At home, you can speed up this process, due to the fact that there is no snow at home, the seeds are sown in a container, at a distance of 5 - 6 cm. The sand should be wet, but the water should not stagnate, otherwise the seeds may rot. This container is placed in the refrigerator on the door or in the vegetable drawer. You can withstand it for a month, but it is best before the onset of spring.

When the day of light becomes longer and will last until approximately 17 hours, the seed container must be taken out and placed on the windowsill near the battery. This will bring crops closer to natural conditions. During this period, the seeds need abundant watering, as in nature the snow begins to melt and the soil is quite wet. Those who germinate seeds for the first time need to be patient, because after 12 to 16 days there will be shoots on the window.

Young shoots should be watered so that the soil is moist. During this period, you can introduce irrigation with fertilizers. Under natural conditions, fertilizer is the humus of needles and cones.

As soon as the young seedlings get stronger, they should be transplanted into separate pots. It is best to dig up the earth in a coniferous forest, if there is none nearby, a soil substrate is purchased for growing coniferous plants.

As soon as the young seedlings begin to grow together, put them on the window and make sure that there is enough light. It is necessary to darken only when the direct rays of the sun fall on the plants. They can cause burns in young shoots.

Direct sunlight will deform branches and may kill the plant

As soon as the cold weather passes and stable heat sets in, usually in May, small fir trees can be taken out into the open air: balcony, terrace or loggia. At the first frost, bring the trees into the house, and in winter, make sure that the plant is in a bright room with a maximum temperature of 15 degrees.

Propagation of spruce cuttings

Before planting cuttings, it is necessary to prepare a nutrient soil. The cutting is best cut from a tree that is 6 - 9years. It is necessary to take a one-year-old branch from above. Clean the tip of needles, put in a weak growth stimulator for 5-10 minutes and then transplant into the soil at an angle of 30 degrees. Cover the landing immediately with a film. Planting cuttings is done only in spring or autumn. Watering seedlings should be carried out as the soil dries. We must not forget about fertilizers.

Trees grown from cuttings take root much faster, but they will not stay at home for long, and after that you will have to say goodbye to home spruce, since for its normal existence it is necessary to land on the site.

Planting coniferous seedlings

Seedlings are purchased from shops or greenhouses. It is best to buy them in spring or autumn. You will not have any worries about growing, the finished tree will delight for two to three years.

“After buying seedlings, they should be transplanted into another pot, while making sure that the roots of the plant are not exposed, and the clod of earth is intact. It is necessary to transplant to the same depth that was before.

Watering and fertilizing

Spruce is a capricious tree, so its care must be correct, especially watering. The earth ball should be constantly wet. Waterlogging or dryness can lead to the death of the plant. It is necessary to water the plant with the addition of mineral fertilizer from May to September. Fertilize twice a month. When the dormant period comes from November to March, fertilizers are completely canceled.

In the winter dormant period, there should be special care for the spruce, if it is at home, it is necessary to spray on the needles from a fine spray, if there are heaters in the room.

Watering is reduced to 2 times a month if the regime is observed from 5 to 15 degrees. If the spruce stands in a cool room where the temperature is about 0 degrees, watering once a month will suffice.

Temperature for normal spruce growth

"Spruce loves coolness and does not tolerate warm air in winter"

In summer the temperature can be different, the young tree will endure everything, but if there is stagnation of air, it will start to hurt. In summer, the room where the spruce grows must be ventilated.

In winter it is necessary to give the coniferous plant a dormant period, otherwise it will become exhausted and quickly die. The optimum temperature for keeping in winter is 5-15 degrees. Although the tree can easily endure the fall of the thermometer to zero and below, the main thing is to ensure that the earthen lump does not freeze.

Proper care

Observing all the necessary requirements for keeping spruce at home, you can enjoy the smell of pine needles. But for those who like the forest beauty, you can grow it every year, and when the tree reaches maturity, plant it in open ground. This is necessary because the spruce root has a wedge-shaped shape during the first 15 years, and only then it dries out, leaving behind lateral branches. The deeper the root goes into the ground, the longer the spruce will grow. Unfortunately, at home we are not able to provide sufficient depth for the root.

Do not be sad, because new shoots sprout on the window, and three-year-old beauties will decorate the garden plot, and will become a wonderful memory for your heirs.


Spruce is a light-loving plant, but young seedlings do not tolerate direct sunlight on the needles. But mature trees love the sun and are drawn to it. In winter, young trees must also be provided with lighting, because if it is not enough, the tree will die. During the dormant period, spruce undergoes photosynthesis processes, but at a slower pace.

If you take care of the spruce with love, then the spruce will answer you with its love and beauty.

On the eve of the New Year, the question of the Christmas tree as the main symbol of the holiday is becoming more and more acute. Opponents of a plastic tree in an apartment understand that spruce cut down in the forest is not an option, because it costs a lot, but it will begin to crumble pretty soon. The most logical decision seems to be the decision to grow and decorate a plant in a pot for the holiday - a minimum of costs, no cleaning, and not a single Christmas tree will suffer because of traditions.

Can you grow spruce yourself?

In principle, any plant, even from a distance resembling a conifer, can become a New Year's plant, for example, cypress or boxwood. For those who are not looking for easy ways and strive to achieve perfection in everything, it's time to study the question of how to grow a Christmas tree at home, because it's more than real!

The biggest difficulty that arises when growing a Christmas tree at home is the limited possibilities of a city apartment in terms of providing a so-called dormant period for the spruce. If you pay attention to the life cycle of an ordinary forest tree, it is not difficult to notice that during the year the temperature regime that it has to endure varies from hot +30 in summer to frost -30 in winter months. Christmas trees easily endure such temperature fluctuations throughout the year, moreover, these coniferous trees are perfectly adapted to them, and violation of the temperature regime only leads to diseases of the fir trees.

That is why it is better to start growing a Christmas tree in an apartment with a loggia or other cold and cool place. It is also worth being prepared that in two or three years the tree will have to be transplanted into the natural conditions of the forest, because in nature, spruce trees reach a height of several tens of meters, and for a tree of such dimensions, of course, neither a pot of earth nor the size of even the largest rooms.

On average, a spruce lives about 300 years, but sometimes its age can reach up to 600 years. The oldest Christmas tree on Earth is currently almost a thousand years old, and it grows in Sweden. "Old Tikko" - that's the name of the tree - lives and lives in the Fulufjellet National Park and is revered as the oldest tree organism on the planet.

How to grow a spruce

You can grow a Christmas tree at home in several simple and accessible ways.

  • From seed.

By growing your own tree from a seed, you are guaranteed not to break the law (after all, in some regions of the country it is forbidden to dig up trees in the forest) and get a Christmas tree adapted almost from birth to a new place of residence in your house.

What you need to do to grow a tree "from scratch":

  • Collect a few mature cones of the spruce species you need that have opened in natural conditions.

In autumn, somewhere in October, you need to go to the nearest park or woodland and look under the trees for opened cones with seeds in them. If you bring home a closed bud, it will also open, but the seeds in it may not be fully ripe.

Christmas trees belong to gymnosperms and they arose much earlier than angiosperms (flowering) plants. Due to their characteristics, gymnosperms often displace other plants from the territory of growth. The most striking example of such a neighborhood is firs and birches. At first, small spruces, loving moisture and shade, grow under the crowns of birch trees, then they grow taller than them, later they shade deciduous trees and acidify the soil, thereby finally destroying trees of other species.

  • Plant the seeds in a pot and keep it in a cool place (refrigerator is best) for a couple of months.

In general, Christmas trees grow and adapt to absolutely any land from swamp to rocky soil, from sand to clay , but spruce will grow best of all, of course, on fertile black soil. It will also be important to add some soil to the pot from under the spruce under which you found the cone with seeds.

  • After two months, when the seeds are ready to germinate, place the pot on a windowsill that is neither too hot nor too dark.

By spring, your Christmas tree will be about 5 cm in size, and in two or three years it will reach a height of half a meter and will be asking to be transplanted into the garden.

  • From a seedling.

If you do not have the opportunity, desire or time to grow a Christmas tree from a seed, then you can immediately purchase a spruce seedling. It will certainly be a plant in a pot with a closed root system at the age of just two or three years, that is, ready for transplanting into open ground.

In recent years, it has become popular to buy spruce seedlings just before the New Year in order to have fun celebrating, smelling the needles of a real living Christmas tree, and in spring to transplant it into a park or forest.

Among the ancient peoples, spruce was considered a sacred tree, they worshiped it, looked after it in every possible way and dressed it up. Having become Christians, the Europeans, however, retained a number of pagan traditions, including the decoration of the Christmas tree, only now at Christmas. And Peter I, wishing that his state was fully consistent with European canons, introduced this tradition on the territory of Russia.

By choosing this way to celebrate the New Year, you can really kill at least two birds with one stone: do not harm the environment by indulging in the cutting down of trees for the sake of traditions, and contribute to the normalization of the ecological situation by planting a new tree in the spring.

In order for the seedling to take root and feel good in the open field, you need to study the features of its existence before the moment it is in your hands. That is, it is better to select a tree for which you already have suitable conditions. In other words, if you, for example, want to have a Christmas tree in your yard, then a seedling should be chosen according to the conditions of your yard, and not hope that a two or three year old tree will be able to adapt to the changed conditions . This is extremely unlikely, and most likely, if the light and thermal conditions and the nature of the soil are too different, the Christmas tree will start to hurt and may even die.

If the conditions for the "birth" of the tree and those in which you transplant it almost completely coincide, then all that remains is to immerse the Christmas tree in the hole exactly at the same depth at which it was in the pot, and water it in case of a dry summer (about 10 liters water per week during heat waves).

  • From a twig.

Another popular way to grow a Christmas tree yourself is from a twig or cutting, as professional gardeners call it.

A sprig about 20 cm long should be cut in spring or autumn from the top of a beautiful and healthy spruce, which is at least 5 years old, slightly cleaned of needles at the base and planted in the ground - in a pot at home or in a greenhouse on the street. In order for the cutting to take root, you can soak its end for half an hour in a weak solution of potassium permanganate, and only then plant it in the ground. After planting, it is better to cover the stalk with a film and maintain the soil temperature at 21-26 degrees Celsius, and keep the air temperature at least 4-7 degrees. The first days before the roots appear, you need to water the newly-made seedlings several times a day, and then reduce the amount of water as they take root and become stronger in the soil. It is important to remember that Christmas trees do not like heat and direct sunlight, but they also do not tolerate complete darkness.

How to replant a spruce tree from the forest

If you have a house on your own land, and you want to start admiring an adult Christmas tree and dance around it for the New Year as soon as possible, you can transplant a tree directly from the forest . The most important thing here is not to damage the root system of an already mature enough tree and, when planting, mix the soil from your site with the one where the tree was taken from.

The best time to transplant a tree is in autumn or spring, giving it plenty of water and protecting it initially and, if necessary, from the scorching rays of the sun and other extreme weather events that can adversely affect an already stressed tree.

In general, conifers do not like frequent changes of their place of residence, so do not rely on the idea that for some time a Christmas tree can be kept in an apartment, then planted in open ground, and do this several times with the same tree. Sooner or later, you will have to part with your pet in favor of more natural conditions for her.

But there is also an option when not an ordinary forest tree grows at home, but a specially bred breed. On the cultivation of such specimens, you can watch the video below.

How to grow a Christmas tree at home (video)

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How to plant a Christmas tree at home

Known to everyone since childhood, the Christmas tree belongs to the pine family. Under natural conditions, it grows in Europe and Asia, a large number of forest beauties can be found in North America.

Recently, some gardeners have begun to grow spruce trees at home. This bright ornamental plant becomes a real highlight of any interior. This article will tell you how to plant a Christmas tree at home.


  • 1 How to plant a Christmas tree at home - maintenance rules
  • 2 Watering and fertilizing the plant
  • 3 Propagation methods
  • 4 What problems can arise during the growing process

How to plant a Christmas tree at home content

If you want to grow a forest beauty at home, indoor plant lovers should know that not all types of conifers are able to develop at home. Among the types of Christmas trees that can be grown indoors, gardeners distinguish the following:

  • Norway spruce;
  • silver spruce;
  • araucaria or house spruce.

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Each of the listed species is grown in a flower pot, provided the necessary care of the plant.

Many people think that spruces are hardy plants. This opinion is wrong. Growing well in natural conditions, the evergreen plant requires careful care when grown at home.

In order for the plant to develop properly and please the owner with its appearance, it is important to provide it with good lighting. The place where the flower pot will be located should be warm and bright. In this case, the spruce must be protected from direct rays of the bright sun.

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When planting a Christmas tree at home, it is important to protect the ephedra from spring burns, just as when cultivating in open ground. It is widely believed that plants suffer the most from the sun in the summer, but for coniferous crops this is only half true. The most dangerous period in terms of burns occurs in late winter and early spring.

During the dormant period, the processes inside the plant slow down, moisture is practically not absorbed. Therefore, even a homemade Christmas tree at the end of winter can be dehydrated. If the rays of even the mild March sun fall on such a plant, this can provoke yellowing and falling of the needles.

To prevent this from happening, we recommend watering the culture with warm water, then the roots will be saturated with moisture faster, and also place a protective screen in front of the culture. Such a device should make the lighting diffused, but plentiful enough. Keeping the culture in a too dark place is also not worth it, this will affect its decorative effect.

For best results, shade your house tree in a pot when the sun is at its strongest, from 12:00 to 16:00. Such a lighting regime will not provoke stretching and exposure of the shoots and will protect the sensitive crown from burns.

During the cold season, the room temperature must be sufficiently cool. Experts recommend keeping spruce indoors, the temperature of which will reach + 6-10ºС in winter.

It is important to note that spruce will not die if it is placed in a room with a negative temperature. But at the same time, it is worth paying attention to the state of the earthen coma. Under no circumstances should it become too hard from freezing.

Watering and fertilizing the plant

Experts recommend abundant watering of spruce growing in a pot from the beginning of spring to the end of September. It is important to ensure that the soil is not overly wet.

In the cold season, the frequency of watering is noticeably reduced. In the cold season, spruce is advised to water no more than once every three weeks. At the same time, the recommended temperature regime should be maintained: + 6-10ºС.

If the room temperature is 0ºС, then the earth is moistened once a month. It is recommended to spray spruce every month, especially it will be necessary when severe cold weather sets in outside the window.

According to experienced gardeners, ornamental spruce does not need constant feeding. In the warm season, top dressing can be used no more than three times per season.

When growing spruce at home from seeds, it is necessary to purchase soil for coniferous plants in flower shops. If desired, each gardener can prepare it on their own by mixing universal soil with soil brought from a coniferous forest. The components are taken in equal proportions.

It is recommended to repot the plant once every two years. Do it at the very end of spring. When transplanting, it is important to pay attention to the safety of the earthy coma formed around the root system of the plant. Spruce roots should never be exposed. Otherwise, spruce transplantation may contribute to the death of the plant.

Propagation methods

Young domestic tree

The plant propagates in two ways:

With the help of seeds. In order to grow a forest beauty from seeds, it is necessary to use pre-collected seeds from spruce cones. They are harvested from mid-October to the very end of winter.

In a flower pot, the seeds are sown not deep at all: about 1.5 cm to the edge of the soil surface. During the rooting period of the seeds, the container is installed in a cool place. In a year, the seedlings will reach a height of 15 to 25 cm.

By cuttings. According to experienced growers, cuttings up to 12 cm long are considered ideal for planting.

It is important to consider that the minimum cutting length is 6 cm. Cuttings are prepared in mid-spring. At this time, sap flow begins in a coniferous plant. This indicates that it has fully recovered after a long winter and is saturated with valuable substances necessary for development.

When propagating a Christmas tree with cuttings, a substrate is used, which includes universal soil, peat, sand and perlite.

After planting, it is recommended to cover the cuttings with a special polyethylene film for a week. At the same time, it is important to take into account that air practically does not penetrate under the film, and therefore, it must be opened regularly and young plants should be allowed to ventilate.

Using the above methods of plant propagation, you can grow a beautiful decorative spruce on your windowsill.

What problems may arise in the process of growing

When growing a forest beauty in a flower pot, it is important to know that spruce requires competent personal care, and only its presence can ensure its healthy growth and harmonious development.

What problems can a gardener face when growing this coniferous plant on his windowsill:

Herringbone in a pot

Yellowing and shedding of needles. These phenomena usually occur when the basic recommendations for proper care are not followed.

Burns from direct sunlight, low or excessively high room temperature, improper soil moisture regime.

The novice gardener should be aware that damaged plant branches cannot be restored. To help the spruce regain strength, the owner must first identify the problem and fix it.

Then it is recommended to use special preparations, the action of which is aimed at increasing the immunity of the plant.

The needles have lost their healthy appearance and wrinkled. This is evidence that the soil does not have the desired acidity.

To restore the appearance of the needles, earth for coniferous plants is introduced into the topsoil. In this case, special attention should be paid to ensure that the overall level of the soil in the pot is not greatly changed.

If the above problems can be diagnosed in time, the grower will be able to restore the spruce's health and help get rid of external deficiencies.

While watching the video, you will learn about spruce at home.

With spruce growing in a flower pot, the gardener can create a cozy atmosphere in the house.

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