A Living Christmas Tree Care Guide

Congratulations on the purchase of your living Christmas tree.  Your new tree will be a lasting memory of this year’s holiday season!  We recommend that you do not keep your living tree indoors for more than 2 weeks.

When you get your new tree home, you do not want to immediately take it into your warm house.  It needs to be gradually acclimated to the new temperature zone.  Put the tree into the garage for a week.  While it is there, be sure to keep the soil in the pot moist.   A good way to do this is by placing ice cubes on the soil, which slowly melt while keeping the roots cool.  Use a bag of ice or as much as will cover the soil and replace with more ice as needed.

When you bring the tree indoors, put a plastic saucer under it so the moisture from the pot does not damage your carpet or floor.  Place your beautiful tree as far away as possible from any heat source such as a fireplace or heater vent.  Keep on giving it lots of ice to ensure adequate moisture and coolness.  For added protection, you can  spray your tree with a moisture retention product. Ask our staff.

Do not spray artificial snow on your living Christmas tree.  It is difficult to remove and is not good for the tree.

Do decorate with ornaments, garlands and strings of tiny lights.  These will not damage your tree.

When you are ready to take your tree out of the house, do the same acclimation procedure as when you brought it home.  Put it back into the garage for a week, keeping it moist.  Then it will be ready for planting out into the yard.  Follow the planting instructions given to you when you bought your tree. Or call us to plant it for you.

Thank you for purchasing your living Christmas tree from Mortimer Nursery.  If you have any questions, call us at 776-8000.  We will be happy to help you.  Happy Holidays from all of us here at the Nursery!

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