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How to Care for a Living Christmas Tree

How to Care for a Living Christmas Tree

Living Christmas trees are a wonderful way to extend holiday cheer year-round. When cared for properly, they can be enjoyed for years to come. Learn how to care for a living Christmas tree that will beautify your landscape long after the holiday season has passed.


We offer ball and burlapped spruce, pine, and fir trees around the holidays. While these trees are a beautiful addition to the landscape, they require a bit more care than your typical cut Christmas tree when brought indoors for the holidays.



Here's How to Care for Your Living Christmas Tree:


Step 1:

Spray the tree with an antidessicant or antiwilt product to minimize needle loss.



Step 2:

Locate your tree in the coolest part of the room, away from heating ducts.



Step 3:

Place the tree in a large plastic or galvanized tub to hold root ball.



Step 4:

Stabilize the tree in the tub in a straight and vertical position using rocks or bricks.



Step 5:

Fill empty space around and on top of the ball with mulch.



Step 6:

Water your tree as often as necessary to keep the roots moist, but not soggy. Use of ice for watering is excellent. The cold water keeps the root ball moist and keeps the tree dormant.



Step 7:

Leave the tree inside no longer than 7 days.



Step 8:

Gradually acclimate your live tree from inside to outside for five days in the garage or enclosed porch.





Dig the hole where tree is to be planted now and put dirt in a wheelbarrow or cover with tarp to keep dry. It may be wet or freezing when it comes time to plant.


Antidessicants are sold under the names of Wilt Pruf or Wilt Stop.


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