How to plant your Christmas tree

How to plant your Christmas tree

A Christmas tree doesn’t have to be just for the festive season. Make the most of your tree long after the celebrations are over and enjoy it for years to come with our step-by-step Christmas tree planting guide.

Was this guide useful?

Planting your tree

How to plant your Christmas tree

  1. Allow it to acclimatise
  2. Find a spot
  3. Dig a hole and plant your tree
  4. Look after your tree

1. Allow it to acclimatise

Before you take your Christmas tree outside, leave it in a porch or garage to acclimatise for several days. Wrap its roots in a plastic bag or burlap sack if you’ve already removed it from its pot.

2. Find a spot

The best place to plant your tree will depend on what type it is, so do your research beforehand. Most species will require a sunny space that’s protected from the wind and where there’s plenty of room for growth.

3. Dig a hole and plant your tree

It’s a good idea to dig a hole for your Christmas tree before the ground freezes over. Use a spade to create a hole, then lower the tree gently in before re-filling with soil. Finish off with three to four centimetres of mulch.

Shop all spades >

4. Look after your tree

Regularly water your Christmas tree thoroughly, especially in the first year, then fertilise in the spring to give it a nutrient boost. Pruning a Christmas tree is another essential process and is easy to do. Simply remove any new growths that spoil its traditional shape or any branches that look dead or unhealthy.

Shop all pruners >

How to plant a tree 

 

 

Christmas tree planting FAQs

Can Christmas trees be replanted?

Yes, a Christmas tree can be replanted outside as long as it has roots.

How long after Christmas can Christmas trees be planted?

You should aim to plant your tree as soon as possible, ideally no later than 1st January.

What type of Christmas tree can you plant?

Whether a Norway spruce or Fraser fir, any type of real Christmas tree can be planted, as long as it has roots.

Can I bring my Christmas tree inside again next year?

If you want to bring your Christmas tree inside again next year, you can keep in a container. Make sure it has lots of water and is transplanted to a bigger pot as it grows. The maximum pot size that can be moved comfortably is about 45cm.

Shop all pots and planters >

If you're looking for the perfect Christmas tree for your celebrations this year, take a look at our buying guide and get clued up on the different types available.

Was this guide useful?

Top of the content