Green & Eco-Friendly at the Holidays: Decorate & Plant a Living Christmas Tree!
November 25, 2013
One of the best ways to support your environment is to plant trees! So, it just makes sense that Christmas would be a great time to think about planting a tree. This year, why not decorate a tree indoors for the week of the holiday, then plant it in your landscape once the holiday is over? What a wonderful way to pay remembrance to a new family member, first holiday as a couple or a new home.
Here are our top tips to having the most green Christmas yet.
The most important task is to choose the right size and variety of tree for your landscape. Varieties for our climate include:
- Juniper ‘Blue Point’ – perfect for smaller landscapes. Grows to 12’ high x 4’ wide. Tolerant of our seasons. Once planted, be sure to continue decorating in the front yard every year!
- Italian Stone Pine - looking for an unusual Christmas tree? This could be it. It has a rounded canopy and deep green evergreen foliage. Leave lots of space in the landscape as this beauty grows to 50’ tall x 30’ wide. Fun Fact: this is where pine nuts come from!
- Arborvitae – There are several varieties of Arborvitae to choose from. Oriental Arborvitae (Thuja orientalis) can be used in our area as an evergreen screening plant. They grow 15 to 25 feet and can be drought tolerant once established.
There are other options you can choose for your living tree, so don't be afraid to go outside the norms.
Acclimate your new tree to the warmer air by keeping it on your porch close to the house or in the garage for a few days leading up to the time it will be gracing your home.
Now it’s time to bring the tree indoors to decorate!
- Your tree can thrive 5-7 days indoors.
- Place it on a saucer and “plant feet” to protect floors.
- Keep away from heating vents and fireplaces.
- Water every few days or keep the top covered with ice to offer the tree a slow drip of cool moisture.
Plant it outdoors, or let us plant it for you! Here in Texas fall and winter are great times to plant. We’ve been reminding you all season, but just in case you need a refresher, take a look at our top 5 reasons we love planting in cooler weather here.
- Before bringing it outside, acclimate it to the cooler weather again by placing it on a sunny porch close the house.
- Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide.
- Back fill the hole after planting in native soil.
- Soak with water and a root stimulator.
- Topdress with mulch.
- Details on proper planting here.