How to plant your Christmas tree
A Christmas tree doesn’t just have to be for Christmas. Make the most of your tree this season with our step-by-step planting guide.
Planting your tree
Finding a spot
Before you take your Christmas tree back outside, you should leave it in a porch or garage to acclimatise for several days, ideally wrapping its roots in a plastic bag or burlap sack if you’ve already removed it from its pot.
When you choose the site for your Christmas tree
If you’re not sure, you could purchase a dwarf tree. You’ll need to find a spot where the soil drains well and there is plenty of sunlight.
Digging a hole and planting your tree
It’s a good idea to dig a hold for your Christmas tree before the ground freezes. Use a spade to create a hole, then lower the tree gently in before back filling the soil. Finish off with three to four centimetres of mulch.
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Looking after your tree
Always water a Christmas tree thoroughly especially in the first year, then fertilise in the spring to give it a nutrient boost.
Pruning a Christmas tree is easy and you should just remove any new growths that spoil its traditional shape or any branches that look dead or unhealthy.
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Keeping your tree in a pot
If you want to bring your Christmas tree inside again next year you can keep in a container, by making sure it has lots of water and is transplanted to a bigger pot as it grows bigger. The maximum pot size that can be moved comfortably is about 45cm.
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