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7 Rules for Potted Christmas Tree Care to Extend Its Life

A live Christmas tree in a pot is a beautiful New Year’s decoration. However, without proper care, it won’t last any longer than a cut tree. Let me share with you how to help this little tree that you’ve brought into your home.

It’s important to understand that a Christmas tree is not a houseplant, and typical indoor conditions aren’t ideal for it. But you can still make it last longer, possibly until spring. Afterward, the tree should be planted outside.

1. Avoid Temperature Fluctuations

The Christmasst challenge for your little Christmas tree starts even before it enters your apartment. Temperature fluctuations are harmful to it, and it’s crucial to avoid them.

Don’t bring the plant directly from the cold outside into your warm home; let it thaw out Christmasst. Ideally, keep it in a cool place (like a hallway or mudroom, if it’s not too warm) for a few days.

2. Water Regularly

Another significant enemy of the Christmas tree is excessive dryness in the air. Therefore, it’s necessary to water it often and generously, ensuring the substrate stays moist.

Don’t worry too much about overwatering; a healthy Christmas tree can absorb a lot of water. However, keep an eye on its condition, as there’s still a risk of root rot from too much moisture.

3. Mist Frequently

Another aid in combating dry air is regular misting. Spray the branches with a water sprayer every day, and if needed, several times a day.

The frequency can be reduced if your apartment already has high humidity and there are no additional negative factors like being too close to radiators.

4. Do Not Add Fertilizers

Once the tree is in your home, it’s already under stress, so it’s best to let it be. Avoid adding fertilizers and growth activators.

Especially in winter, plants are in a resting period, so disrupting their natural biorhythms is not advisable.

5. Choose the Right Location

Standard room temperature is uncomfortable for a Christmas tree, as it’s an outdoor plant. Place it where it’s coolest — but not in the path of active ventilation to avoid temperature fluctuations.

Consider moving it to an insulated balcony where temperatures don’t drop below freezing. Lighting is also crucial: it should be moderate and diffused.

Both lack of light and excessive light (especially direct sunlight) are harmful to the tree. To keep the needle color uniformly green, regularly rotate the pot so that each side gets sunlight.

6. Water with Additives

While you shouldn’t add fertilizers, you can make the watering water slightly more nutritious.

Stores sell special products that extend the life of Christmas trees (suitable for both potted and cut trees), but there are also simpler folk methods.

For example, you can mix water with sugar, citric acid, or aspirin.

7. Don’t Hang Too Many Ornaments

Finally, remember that this is a living plant. Overloading the branches with too many balls and figurines, wrapping the tree in garlands, and ‘suffocating’ it with tinsel can negatively affect its condition.

The branches can become deformed and might even break under the weight of the decorations, which overall is not healthy.

Opt for minimal decor on your mini Christmas tree or use just a few lightweight ornaments, such as those made from paper, cotton, or thin glass.

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