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Tips: Live Christmas Tree Care
The following steps will help you have success with your Living Christmas Tree.
1. Acclimating your tree before going into the house. The best way to do this is to leave it in the
garage or an enclosed porch for 3 to 4 days. This will keep the tree from starting to grow.
Growth is a bad thing.
2. Just before you bring it into the house just make sure that you don't have any pest on it.
3. Next you should apply Cloud Cover to your tree. Cloud Cover is an anti-wilt product, that will help keep the moisture from escaping through the needles.
4. If you can place your tree in a cool spot in the house. Keep away from heater ducts. This will help the tree retain its moisture.
5. You will need a saucer or large tub to catch any water draining out of the bottom of the pot. To help with the drainage of excess water and cool the roots, water with ice or snow. The ice or snow will melt slowly and will keep the water where you want it. Water your tree often to keep the roots moist (depending on how hot the house usually at least once a day).
6. Leave inside your house for 4 to 10 days. Don't feed your tree during this whole process. You don't want to start the growing process.
7. Taking your tree outside. You place it in a garage or enclosed porch for 3 to 4 days. Then you plant it outside. Plant it as soon as you can. Your tree will do better in the ground than outside in a pot. Since we live in an area where we freeze a good idea is to dig the hole ahead of time while the ground isn't frozen.
8. Once in the ground follow our winter watering guide and in the spring switch to a regular watering schedule.
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