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    Planting Your Potted Living Christmas Tree After Christmas

  • If possible, prepare the planting hole before the ground freezes. (When selecting a site, consider your overall landscape scheme and the fact that the tree will need room to grow.)

    • Dig the hole about 6" larger than the pot. Mix peatmoss in with the excavated soil.
    • Store the soil from the hole somewhere where it won't freeze.
    • Fill the hole with leaves or hay to prevent freezing, then cover with a board to prevent accidents.
    • After displaying your tree, put the tree back into a garage or sheltered area for a few days to help it adjust back to the cold.
    • Plant, if possible, after Christmas.
    • If the weather does not permit planting, keep the tree in a garage (near a window with available daylight).
    • Water every few weeks to maintain some moisture in the pot. Plant in March or April, when the ground is no longer frozen.
    • When planting your potted tree be sure to make several verticle cuts through the roots, to encourage lateral growth into your soil.