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Potted Christmas Trees - Is It Worth It?
By Monica Resinger
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Each holiday season, I think about getting a live, potted Christmas tree. I  
keep thinking that it would sure save a lot of money because we should be able 
 to use it as a Christmas tree for a few years -- as long as I can keep it 
alive.  Then when it grows too big to be a Christmas tree, we could either 
it in  the yard, in the community or in the forest. But could I keep it 
This year, I did some research to help me make the decision of whether or  
not to purchase one. Here are three important factors that I based my decision  
~ Most potted Christmas trees have only a 50-50 chance of surviving the  move 
from indoors to the landscape, even with proper care. 
~ Larger trees are more prone to go into transplant shock than smaller  ones, 
so if you do purchase one, go for a smaller tree. 
~ The tree should not be in the house any longer than 7-10 days. 
With the price of live, potted Christmas trees being so high, I am thinking  
twice after knowing this information. For one thing, I'm used to being able to 
 take the Christmas tree down at my leisure, with no time constraints. There 
is  enough to do at Christmas time that I don't want to add another time 
demanding  task. But, if you decide you still want to give it a try, here's 
information about growing them. 
To Plant or Not to Plant 
If you decide to keep your tree in it's container, you will need to water  it 
religiously. This is extremely important. Keeping it in it's container will  
give you time to think about where you want to plant it in the spring. You may 
 even want to try and keep growing it in the container for next Christmas.  
Remember that it can not stay in the house longer than 7-10 days. You'll need 
to  place the potted tree out in your yard.

At planting time, plant the  tree the same depth at which it was growing. 
Water well and mulch to help  protect from hard freezes. If you live where the 
ground freezes, dig your hole  before it's frozen, set the tree in the hole and 
surround the roots with mulch  until spring when you can properly plant it 
after the ground thaws. Stake the  tree to prevent wind damage. 
Where to Plant 
Because of the pyramid shape of pine trees, the best place to plant one in  
your yard is in a corner. Here it will take up less space of your yard. Of  
course, you can plant it anywhere you want, but remember that most of these  
trees can grow huge in 20 or 30 years. Look around before you plant for power  
lines or rooftops that the tree may come in contact with after it grows very  
tall. Garden centers usually offer dwarf varieties also; be sure to check the  
label for size, zones and growing requirements. 
I hope this article gives you enough information for making the decision of  
whether or not to purchase a live potted Christmas tree. 
Get ideas to make this Christmas the best ever with the ‘Frugal and  Creative 
Christmas Ideas’ 
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