How to grow your own christmas tree

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Finding the right Christmas tree might be a little more challenging — and expensive — this year.

Fewer trees being imported from Canada is leading to a shortage of supply and higher prices, and some growers in Massachusetts say a boom in sales last year is leaving them with less product available to fill living rooms this Christmas.

C&C Reading Farm in West Bridgewater — which is already hurting this year due to rotted crops as a result of the rainy summer — usually stays open into December to sell Christmas trees, which are brought in from Canada.

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“But this season, we’re going to opt not to sell trees,” Lynn Reading told GBH News. “A few reasons why: we ordered over 600. We may be lucky if we can get one hundred. Second reason being is cost. They’re going up ten dollars a tree. Thirdly, we don’t know when we can get the trees. We’d love them the day after Thanksgiving. It’s a tradition for a lot of families. [Our Canadian supplier] can’t give us an answer.”

So they closed the doors of their farm store early this year.

You can still find Christmas trees imported from Canada at Lambert’s Markets in Dorchester, Westwood and Pembroke.

“I think there’s going to be a shortage for, you know, the small time guy around the corner who gets one load of trees or the guy at the end of the street, or the guy who has a gas station and wants to sell trees,” said the market chain’s owner, Danny Lambert. “You know, me and some of the the bigger guys will, you know, I’ll have plenty of trees. The price is just high.”

Lambert says Balsam firs are about 10 percent more expensive this year and Frasier firs are closer to 30 percent more expensive.

There are several reasons fewer trees are coming from Canada and they’re more expensive this year, according to Shirley Brennan, executive director of the Canadian Christmas Trees Association.

First of all, she said, “Mother Nature hasn’t been kind to us.” An extreme frost in Quebec this year and another in Nova Scotia in 2018 damaged both seedlings and mature trees. So did extreme heat in British Columbia. It takes 10 to 12 years for a Christmas tree to grow to full size, Brennan said, and fewer were planted in 2008 because of the economic recession. Also, costs to operate a farm and transport the trees are up this year.

“The price of trees are going up because everything’s going up,” Brennan said. “That’s not just a Canadian thing. That is a North America problem.”

Christmas trees grown in Massachusetts may be in shorter supply this season as well, because of a boom in demand last year.

“Every farm in Massachusetts last year had a banner year,” said David Morin, who owns Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge and is past president of the Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association. “And the ones that didn’t shut down when they had exhausted their 2020 supply are going to be short this year.”

Last year, Morin said, his farm sold double the usual number of trees. He said the surge in interest was probably because, in the height of the pandemic, people were looking for fun and seasonal outdoor activities. Also, with fewer families traveling for the holidays, more of them wanted a Christmas tree at home.

“I don’t think this time last year you could get on a plane and feel safe,” Morin said. “So anybody that would have normally been traveling was stuck home. And they had extra time to go big on Christmas.”

Morin said he’s getting ready for another surge of customers this season.

“We’re a little nervous. I’ve been trying to hire extra help so that we don’t keep people waiting when they get here,” Morin said. “But I’m also thinking it’s going to be a little bit of a, I call it, a ‘toilet paper panic.’ You know, the word’s out that trees are scarce and it could be a rush right from the beginning.”

Casey Vandervalk said his tree farm in Mendon was inundated with new customers last year.

“That first weekend, the street was blocked with cars coming all kinds of directions. They couldn’t get in the parking lot. It was the busiest ever,” Vandervalk said. “And we ended up overselling our trees.”

As a result, they don’t have enough trees to open up this year. He said he’s heard from customers who consider it a tradition to visit his farm.

“We feel bad for them,” he said. “This will be the first time in 30 years of selling Christmas trees that I won’t be open. But there’s just nothing we can do.”

Vandervalk plans to sell trees again next year. For those looking for a tree this year, he has some advice: “Don’t be upset if you can’t get a big one.”

And if you want to avoid crowds, he said, go when it’s raining or there’s a football game on.

How to grow your own christmas tree

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A long-term project not for the faint of heart.

How to grow your own christmas tree

Those who celebrate Christmas know that the holiday wouldn’t be complete without a tall, wiry coniferous tree, draped in lights and decorations. Despite the convenience of owning an artificial tree, many Americans still appreciate the authenticity of having a real one in their homes. Last year Americans bought 26.2 million real trees , according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

There’s no denying that an annual trip out to the farm to pick the perfect tree makes for a memorable family outing, especially during a pandemic. But if you’re up for a challenge and have some patience, you could start a new tradition by growing your own.

It’s important to know that reaching the size of a full grown Christmas tree from a seed or seedling takes anywhere from four to 10 years, so this will be a long-term project. If you’re still interested, here’s our guide to growing your own tree for a future holiday.

Choosing your tree

The tree you decide to plant will depend on the hardiness zone and climate in your location. Using the USDA’s Hardiness Zone Map , you can find out which tree is best for you. If you purchase your seeds or seedlings from a nursery or greenhouse, the tag will usually tell you which zone the tree thrives in. Here is a general overview of your options.

Fir trees : These trees are best for cooler climates and are generally well suited to fertile, well-drained soils on upland sites. Depending on the variety of fir you decide to grow, zones three to six, are best. It takes about seven to 10 years for this one to reach a notable Christmas tree size around six or seven feet. Firs are also notably fragrant and have a naturally symmetrical, cone-shaped form.

Pine trees : These trees are hardy and can be grown in both warm and cooler climates. Known for having the ability to adapt to a variety of soils, they thrive in zones anywhere from 3-10, depending on the pine. Pines are quicker growing and can reach full size in around six years.

Spruces : They grow well in areas with cooler climates and are a good fit for zones ranging from two to seven. Spruces are more site demanding and slower growing than most pines. They will be ready to be cut down in seven to 10 years. Their short, single-needle foliage is stiffer and their thick, stout branches can support heavy ornaments.

Cypresses : Cypresses are hardy trees. They adapt to a variety of soils, but thrive in well-draining and moist environments. Depending on the tree, they can be grown in USDA zones five through 10. They are quick growing and can reach an average Christmas tree size in about four years. Their color ranges from y ellow-green to blue-green and deep green and they have a scent that has been described as spicy and citrus.

Cedars : These trees can be grown in hardiness zones ranging from two to nine, but are more commonly grown in warmer, southern climates where fir trees cannot grow. Despite being a coniferous tree, cedars have more fernlike limbs. Like cypresses, the average growing season is also about four years. The most well-known cedar is the Eastern Red cedar, which has a natural pyramidal crown, making it a low-maintenance choice for pruning.

If you are curious about specific varieties of certain trees, Michigan State University has an in-depth guide.

Growing your seedling

To mimic a cold dormancy period and increase the chances of your seeds germinating, put them in a damp paper towel in the fridge for a few weeks. Check on them periodically and when you start to notice that they have little green roots, you can take them out to get them ready for planting.

You will need to plant your seeds in a potting mixture (equal parts peat, vermiculite and perlite). You can also use soil from a nearby field or forest. For a container, use a small pot with drainage or small plastic cups and poke holes in the bottom.

Place a few stones in the bottom of each container and add an inch or two of soil. Place a few seeds in each pot and cover them with more soil. Ensure they are about a third of an inch apart from each other.

Give them some water and then cover the top of your pots with a layer of plastic wrap. You should ensure your containers are kept in an area with full sun. If that’s not possible, consider purchasing some fluorescent bulbs as a light source to help heat the seeds.

When your seedlings start to poke up above the soil after a few days, you can remove the plastic wrap. Water them once a week.

Alternatively, if you’ve purchased a seedling…

If you’ve purchased your seedlings from a nursery, the University of New Hampshire Extension suggests keeping them in a cool dark location until they can be planted. We recommend you purchase a tree seedling advertised as having a 2-2 ratio. This means it has spent two years in a seedbed and two years in a transplant. If you are storing the seedlings for more than a few days, dampen the roots periodically, but don’t leave them soaked or submerged in water.

Prepping your site

Plant your seedling in an area with a slope and full sun. This ensures there will be good water drainage and air for your tree’s growth. You’ll also need to mow the area before you plant in order to remove any other plant growth. Your soil should have a pH between 5.1 and 6.5. See our guide on how to test your soil .

Planting

According to Michigan State University , seedlings or transplants must be planted outdoors in the dormant season around early fall or late spring. Dig a hole the same size the seedling was planted at the nursery or in its current container. If you don’t know the depth, look for a change in color on the trunk to know where the surface level is.

Place the seedling in the hole and spread its little roots apart to ensure they aren’t crowded. Cover the hole back up and pack the soil firmly to exclude any air. If you are planting multiple trees, ensure there is a 7-8 feet space between each one.

Caring for your tree

In the first year after you’ve planted your tree seedling outside, you will need to water it weekly from late spring to early fall in its first year. We recommend giving it one to three inches of water each time, unless it rains. After that, only water the tree during dry months or during a drought.

Maintain the planting site so there are no weeds or growth competing for your small tree’s nutrients. After the first two to three years after planting it, you can start to prune and shear it . To keep it at an ideal shape, the base or the tree’s crown should be about two thirds as wide as the height of the full tree. So an eight-foot tree should have a base width of five feet.

Harvest your tree

Harvest time will depend on what tree you’ve decided to grow, but it’s best to cut it down in late fall when it is full of moisture. This ensures your tree stays as green as possible during the holidays. Use a chainsaw or a handsaw to cut it down.

Preservation

Place your tree in a container with water as soon it’s cut down. This ensures it still is able to take in water before it reseals from the place you recut it.

You’ll find trees and shrubs sold three different ways, depending on the time of year and where you shop.

1. Bare-root plants are typically available in late winter or early spring and are purchased while they’re dormant. Bare-root plants are typically the least expensive because they don’t have the cost of soil or containers associated with them. Learn more on planting bare-root plants.

2. Balled-and-burlapped plants, often simply called B&B, are available from spring to fall. They feature a root ball in soil that’s surrounded by a large burlap (or similar material) bag. Balled-and-burlapped plants are usually the largest specimens your nursery offers. Learn more on planting balled-and-burlapped plants.

3. Container-grown trees and shrubs are the most commonly available. They’re probably what you think of when you look for plants at your local nursery. Like balled-and-burlapped plants, they’re typically available throughout the year. However, they come in a wide range of sizes. Learn more on planting container-grown plants.

Planting Tips

No matter which method you use to plant your trees and shrubs, water them well after planting. Spread a 2- to 3-inch-deep layer of mulch over the soil around the plant; this creates a protective zone so you don’t have to mow lawn grasses right up against a newly planted tree (and risk damaging its young bark). It will also help the soil maintain its moisture level longer, so you have to water less.

Staking

You may need to stake newly planted trees, especially if you planted them as bare-root or if you have a hard time keeping them upright. Support them only for the first year or two; remove the stakes after that so your trees and shrubs can develop a sturdy trunk and root system.

One of the simplest ways to support a young tree is to use a single stake about as tall as the tree. Drive the stake in the ground about 18 inches deep and about 6 inches away from the edge of the planting hole. Use heavy wire wrapped by a section of old garden hose and tie the tree to the stake using a figure-8 pattern. (The hose prevents the wire from grinding against the bark.)

Test Garden Tip: Avoid pulling the wire tight because it can damage the tree. The trunk should be able to move lightly in any direction if you push against it.

Pruning

Many trees and shrubs benefit from a little pruning throughout their life. The process may seem complicated, but follow these guidelines to make it easier.

What to Prune: No matter what trees and shrubs you’re growing, it’s a good idea to prune out any dead or diseased branches. This helps the plant look better and can prevent the disease from spreading.

You should prune out any wayward stems that block pathways, driveways, or grow into the side of a house or other structures. Also remove branches that cross and rub against one another; as the bark gets rubbed off, it makes the tree more susceptible to disease.

Prune most summer-flowering shrubs (including rose of Sharon, butterfly bush, ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea, and spirea) in late fall, winter, or early spring.

Test Garden Tip: Dip your pruning shears in a bleach or rubbing alcohol solution between cuts. This prevents the disease from spreading to healthy branches. Get more tips on pruning trees. Learn more about pruning shrubs.

Watering

Once established, most trees and shrubs don’t need much watering except during periods of extended drought. The plants’ root systems are good at finding moisture, which is why the ground is often so dry around a tree.

But trees and shrubs typically appreciate reliable moisture the first year or two they’re planted or transplanted to help them become established. Give young specimens an inch or so of water a week.

Evergreens benefit from abundant watering in autumn. In fact, some garden experts say that fall is the most important time to water these plants. If they don’t get enough moisture in fall, they’re much more likely to suffer winter damage.

Feeding

Many trees and shrubs don’t need supplemental nutrients from fertilizer to stay healthy. But in areas with poor soil, or in subdivisions where nutrient-rich topsoil has been removed, fertilizing can be helpful to plants.

In most cases, all you need is a general-purpose fertilizer. Use either fast-acting or slow-release types, and choose from commercial and organic products. Follow the directions on the packaging no matter what type of fertilizer you use.

You might be tempted to add more fertilizer than recommended, but this can be a bad thing. Overfertilization can burn plant roots, causing injury to the plant. Flowering trees and shrubs that get more fertilizer, especially nitrogen, than they need, may flower less than varieties that are not overfertilized.

Would you like to have a beautiful Christmas tree in your home without having to go buy one? It is actually very easy to grow your own Christmas tree.

In this blog post, we will discuss the steps you need to take in order to grow your own Christmas tree.

We will also provide tips on how to care for your tree so that it stays healthy and looks great throughout the holiday season.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to grow Christmas trees
  • How long does it take to grow Christmas trees
  • How do you prepare soil for growing Christmas trees
  • What months do you grow Christmas trees
  • What are challenges when growing Christmas trees
  • Conclusion

How to grow Christmas trees?

The Christmas tree is a symbol of hope and joy during the holiday season.

Growing your own tree can be a fun and rewarding experience.

The first step is to find a good location.

Christmas trees need full sun and well-drained soil.

The location should also be large enough so the tree has room to grow.

A perpect spot should get at least six hours of sun each day.

If you have the space, choose an area that is at least twice the size of the tree’s root ball.

The second step is to choose the right tree.

Some common Christmas trees include the Douglas fir, Fraser fir, and Noble fir.

Consider the size of the tree and how long it will take to grow.

You also want to make sure the tree is disease-resistant.

Next, it is time to prepare the soil.

This can be done by tilling the soil or using a garden fork to loosen it up.

Add some organic matter to the soil to help with drainage.

If you are planting more than one tree, space them out according to the grown size of the tree.

You can always transplant them later if they need more room.

Now you are ready to plant the tree.

Gently remove the tree from its container and loosen the roots.

Carefully place it in the hole, making sure that the roots are spread out.

Backfill the hole with soil and water it well.

Add some mulch around the base of the tree to help with moisture retention.

Ensure to fertilize the tree regularly and water it during dry periods.

If you are not sure how much water it needs, check the soil around the tree.

It should be moist but not soggy.

When the tree is four to six feet tall, you can start to shape it by trimming off any unwanted branches.

How long does it take to grow Christmas trees?

Christmas trees take anywhere from four to twelve years to mature, depending on the species.

Some common Christmas tree varieties include Douglas fir, Fraser fir, and Noble fir.

It takes about five years for a Douglas fir tree to reach maturity.

Fraser firs typically take seven to eight years to mature, while Noble firs can take up to twelve years.

So, if you’re thinking about planting a Christmas tree in your yard, be prepared to wait a few years before you can start decorating it.

But the wait will be worth it when you have a beautiful, fresh-cut tree in your home each holiday season.

How do you prepare soil for growing Christmas trees?

Christmas trees are a popular choice for many holiday celebrations.

If you’re thinking of planting your own Christmas tree, you’ll need to take some time to prepare the soil.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

– Loosen the soil around the planting area with a shovel or hoe.

You want the roots to be able to penetrate the soil easily.

– Work some organic matter into the soil.

This could be compost, manure, or even just leaves.

This will help improve drainage and add nutrients to the soil.

– Christmas trees need acidic soil, so if your soil is alkaline, you’ll need to add some sulfur to lower the pH.

– Make sure the planting area gets plenty of sunlight.

Most Christmas trees need at least six hours of sun per day.

What months do you grow Christmas trees?

Most Christmas tree farms in the northern hemisphere plant their trees in the spring, between March and May.

This gives the trees enough time to grow before winter.

In the southern hemisphere, Christmas tree farms plant their trees between September and November.

This allows the trees to grow during the cooler months and be ready for harvest by Christmas.

What are challenges when growing Christmas trees?

One of the challenges when growing Christmas trees is that they need a lot of space.

You need to have enough space for the roots to spread out, and also enough space for the tree to grow tall.

Christmas trees also need a lot of light.

They need about 14 hours of light each day during the summer, and about six hours of light each day during the winter.

If you live in an area with a lot of trees, you might need to trim them back to give your Christmas tree enough light.

Another challenge when growing Christmas trees is that they take a long time to grow.

It takes about seven years for a Christmas tree to reach its full height.

So, if you want to have a really big tree, you need to be patient.

Next, christmas trees can also be challenging to grow in some climates.

They prefer cool weather and lots of moisture.

If you live in a hot, dry climate, you might need to give your tree extra water or provide some shade during the hottest part of the day.

Lastly, pests can be a problem when growing Christmas trees.

aphids, spider mites, and other pests can all damage your tree.

To keep pests under control, you might need to use pesticides.

However, be sure to read the label carefully and follow the directions, so that you don’t damage your tree.

Conclusion

With a little bit of care, you can grow a beautiful Christmas tree that will last for years.

So, if you’re up for the challenge, why not give it a try? You might be surprised at how rewarding it can be.

Curious about how Christmas trees are grown? Considering if you could grow your own Christmas tree? Well, you might be wondering how long it takes for a Christmas tree to grow.

In general, it takes about 8 years to grow a Christmas tree to 6 feet. How long it takes a Christmas tree to grow depends on the variety, climate where it’s grown, and how tall you want it.

Learning how long it takes for a Christmas tree to grow has given me a whole new appreciation for the holiday tradition. I hope you do too.

What variety is the typical Christmas tree in North America?

The most typical Christmas tree variety in North America is a Fraser fir. The Fraser fir is so popular because of its resistance to travel long distances. This hardy variety grows in Southern regions in altitudes over 5,000 ft and has a delightful piney smell. Another reason it’s a favorite is that the needles only start dropping about 5 weeks after cutting.

Douglas fir is another common Christmas tree variety in North America. Although it is not a real fir, Douglas firs can also withstand long travel, won’t drop their needles, and are relatively fast growers. They are also very adaptable trees and will grow easily in most locations.

Christmas trees come from a few tree types. Most commonly, they are either fir, spruce, pine, cypress, or cedar trees. NC State published a nice overview of different Christmas tree varieties. This list is specific to North Carolina, but it will give you a good sense of the differences.

Are Christmas trees grown from seeds?

In general, Christmas trees are always started from seed. Root cuttings need special care, constant attention, and don’t have a high enough success rate to justify the extra work.

When starting Christmas trees from seeds, the seeds must first be selected for the best genetics. Christmas trees spend a decade before they hit the market. For growers, it’s important to make sure they only invest time and space in the best.

To start a Christmas tree from seed you first need to stratify (expose the seed to cold temperatures to break dormancy) and scarify (create lesions on the seed exterior). Then the seeds are germinated in a cool and shady spot before being transplanted into the field.

Hybrid Christmas trees won’t produce viable seeds or the seeds carry different genetics. Sterile hybrid trees such as the Blue Ice cypress, need to be cultivated through root cuttings.

Taking and transplanting root cuttings to propagate these hybrid varieties is fast work. If the base dries on, the success rate will fall dramatically. Workers must quickly take the cutting, dip it in rooting hormone, and plant it out all within a matter of hours.

Christmas tree growers will start the trees from seeds. The most common exception is when propagating sterile hybrid varieties. In the case trees can’t be started from seed, growing from root cuttings will also work.

How long does it take to grow a Christmas tree

It takes anywhere between 6 to 12 years to grow a Christmas tree. The exact timing depends on the tree variety, growing conditions, and how tall you want the tree. Christmas trees are not mature trees and it will take decades for your Christmas tree to reach its full height.

It takes fir trees between 3 to 4 years to reach 1 foot. At this point, the small trees can be planted out to their permanent location where they’ll spend another 5 to 7 years. When the trees reach about 6 or 7 feet, they are ready to be cut and sold.

This doesn’t mean that it takes 12 years for Christmas trees to reach their full height. All Christmas tree varieties have the potential to become towering trees. Fraser firs, one of the smaller Christmas tree varieties, can reach an astounding 65 ft after half a century.

Towering Christmas trees over 8 ft are not commonly available for seasonal decorations. It wouldn’t be practical for growers to wait 20 years to harvest and the trees wouldn’t fit inside the house. Although you can always grow your own Christmas tree and watch it get more impressive each year.

How long does it take to grow a Christmas tree to 6 or 7 feet

How long it takes to grow a Christmas tree to 6 feet can take anywhere between 6 and 12 years. This range in growing time depends on the climate, the type of tree, and how tall the farmer wants the tree to be.

In general, the taller the tree the older it is. For convenience, Christmas trees are harvested when they are 6 or 7 feet tall. To fit this height, most growers cut their Christmas trees after 8 to 10 years.

Christmas tree growers manage their operations on a rotating basis. Each year new trees are seeded as the oldest trees are cut and sold. In the years between, trees are pruned to their perfect cone shape and tagged for sale when they reach the right height.

How long does it take to grow a Christmas tree to full height

Depending on the variety of Christmas trees, it can take between 25 to 50 years to reach their full height. Fir and spruce trees, for example, grow slowly. They only gain about 12 to 24 inches of height each year. You could have to wait around 35 years to reach 60 feet.

Cypress trees on the other hand grow much faster. In most locations, it will grow between 24 and 36 inches per year. With plenty of room, cypress trees can reach between 60 and 80 feet tall but it will take around 25 years to reach full height.

At 60 feet the tree is fully grown but stops being useful for traditional holiday celebrations. Can you imagine trying to decorate a 60 or 100-foot tree? Putting the star on the top would certainly be a challenge.

Christmas trees are harvest at a convenient size, not their full potential height. Harvests are strategic so that the tree is small enough to fit in a house and the grower doesn’t have to dedicate half a century to each tree. If the same trees grew for 30 more years, they would go from 7 foot Christmas trees to 60-foot old-growth trees.

If you are curious to know how long it takes other trees to grow, make sure to check out our article.

Growing your own Christmas tree

The majority of people buy their Christmas tree already cut to size – around 6 or 7 feet tall. As this tree has been cut down, it will be discarded in the new year. That is not the only option though.

You could grow your own Christmas tree in a pot or plant it in your garden. This way you can look after and prune it as you like and watch it grow through the years. The second option gets my vote!

Conclusion

Growing up I thought that all Christmas trees were the same type of tree. I also never stopped to think how long it takes for a Christmas tree to grow.

In reality, Christmas trees are really just normal trees that are continuously pruned and harvested while they’re still small. It takes about 8 years to grow a 6 or 7 foot Christmas tree.

Christmas trees can be fir, cypress, pine, or spruce trees but all of these tree varieties can actually grow much taller! If you wanted your Christmas tree to reach full height, you would need at least 25 to 50 years.

How to grow your own christmas tree

Christmas trees can be just as great in tiny packages!

The image of a towering tree covered in baubles and lights may be the tradition in high-ceiling living rooms. However, especially in small apartments and for those who live in cities, many are discovering the joy of the miniature Christmas tree. Tiny trees only 2 or 3 feet high take up less space but are still perfectly personalized with ornaments and garlands. What counts as a “small tree” to you may vary, but usually they are all under 5 feet tall.

To make this experience even more delightful, many people choose to actually grow their own tiny Christmas tree; while you might choose to grow it and then chop it down, you can also transplant it into a festive pot and have a live tree for Christmas! For the green thumbs among you, it is probably a little bit painful to have a cut tree in your home, so a few good preparations can allow you to keep your little tree alive long after the festivities conclude.

Method 1: Growing Your Own

How to grow your own christmas tree

Despite the Douglas Fir being the go to holiday tree for many people, there’s some other factors you need to take into account. For one, not every tree species will naturally take on that classic conical shape or have branches and needles that bunch up just right. For growing a miniature Christmas tree in your garden, the dwarf spruce is a good choice as it’s known for getting that great Christmas tree shape, even at stages when it’s very short and immature. Trees are especially susceptible to regionality, so be sure that you pick something for your hardiness zone. The popular Douglas Fir for example is actually only suited to Zones 4 through 6, if you’re growing your holiday tree from a seed.

Species and Site

Colder places like Zone 3 or Zone 4 might try a Balsam Fir. You can find good seedlings for these at your local garden center or at big box stores, given the new-found popularity of growing your own Christmas tree. Focus your choice of site on good drainage and perfectly full sun. Your choice of soil can also affect how much water the site retains. Soils with a high clay content for instance, can over saturate your root systems and cause them to rot.

Once you’ve picked a perfect site, make sure you give your seedlings ample room to grow – you want 8 feet or more between them if you intend to let them grow to full size, but can get away with half of that or less if you intend to harvest your trees when they are still young and small. Once you harvest your mini tree, make sure you still place it in a tree holder that will allow it to continue to absorb water during the Christmas season. Getting too dry may cause pines to drop their needles, and will discolor and dry out other varieties as well.

Timing

Another crucial factor is timing. Most common Christmas tree varieties take about a decade to grow to full size. There’s some fast standouts like the Leyland Cypress which can reach full height in only 3-4 years, but most take at least 7 years.

When aiming for a mini X-mas tree, figure that you’ll get about a foot of growth per year, give or take, so make sure you plan your planting and harvest accordingly. You don’t want to be caught with a mere sapling come Chirstmas Day.

Method 2: Transplanting a Mini Tree Into an In-Home Pot

How to grow your own christmas tree

Another method is to take a mini tree, either from your yard or from a small pot, and transplanting it for use as your Christmas tree. Many people choose, after the holiday season comes to a close, to commemorate it by planting their mini trees out in the yard. You can, over time, create a little forest of past Christmas trees, all getting a little bigger each year!

Carefully choose a tree pot that is big enough to hold plenty of soil as well as the entire root ball without squishing anything. Once transplanted give the mini tree plenty of water. To avoid overwatering or underwatering, add water only when the top layer of soil is dry. It will be happiest in a window or with a full-spectrum light. Indoor temperatures, around 70 degrees F, are fine for the Christmas season, but remember your live tree will want to be a ‘real tree’ afterward, getting down to near-freezing later on in the season. Consider the garage or patio area where the tree will get a good month or more of proper winter so it will come back springy and strong after the weather improves.

Conclusion

Want your little mini tree to give you joy for years to come? First, find a good location with those all important characteristics: high sun, good drainage. Then, plant the tree with plenty of loose soil around the roots and at least a two inch thick cover of mulch to regulate temperature and moisture over time. Keep a good eye on the tree for those first few months, watering during dry spells, but after that, if your tree is thriving, it should grow naturally on its own.

Whether you prefer a tiny cut Christmas tree or a miniature Christmas tree in a pot that keeps growing over time, you will find that the Christmas season is just as jolly with a smaller spruce than usual. Aim to decorate your well-cared-for tree with only a few lights and ornaments so as not to weigh down its slimmer-than-usual branches, and make sure you choose each ornament with care. You want this little living tree to be a symbol of all the meaningful things you wish to celebrate at the holidays, including the gift of life itself! Any gardener can appreciate the joy of a plant well-tended.

About Laura Leavitt

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About Laura Leavitt

Laura Leavitt is a writer, teacher, and gardener in Southern Ohio. She focuses her own gardening efforts on raised bed gardening, usually vegetables and herbs, and generally tries to grow at least one new thing every year. Her biggest gardening vice is definitely not weeding often enough, but she always pays for it later in the season when she’s pulling weeds even as she harvests her crops.

She is passionate about preserving our natural resources and environment through reducing greenhouse gas emissions and growing local food and often writes about local farm-to-table restaurants for local papers and magazines. Her favorite assignments at Dave’s Garden allow her to combine her love of food with practical gardening tips and advice.

She also works as a volunteer through various local non-profit organizations. For instance, she has worked with the Hamilton Urban Garden Network (HUGS) to create a market garden and space for all residents of low-income neighborhoods of Hamilton to be able to grow their own food. Her writing has appeared at a variety of lifestyles-related websites, including Weddingbee and JustMommies, in addition to her work at Dave’s Garden. She can be contacted at Cincinatti Ohio Creative Copywriting, and showcases a variety of her prior publications at that location.”

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— — If the recent news about a possible Christmas tree shortage has you worried this holiday season, one U.S. company is offering another option: Start growing your own.

The Jonsteen Co. has six types of Christmas tree growing kits in addition to other kinds of tree kits.

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The all-American tree company was founded in 1992 by Jonathan Claasen and Steen Christensen.

“Anything you can do with a tree, we’ve done it,” Claasen said. “We grow trees. We package trees. We promote and champion trees.”

Also, this year the company released an old-growth giant sequoia cone Christmas ornament.

Claasen told ABC News that there is no offshore production, design or printing done at Jonsteen.

The company is in McKinleyville, California, in the heart of Redwood country, and got its start packaging and offering trees to national and state parks.

“Jonsteen grows dozens of fascinating tree species, which we wholesale and also sell directly to the public through our online boutique tree nursery,” he said.

Claasen said the company has about 12 permanent workers and hires more people for big projects.

He added that its daily output fluctuates from a couple hundred during the off-season to more than 1,000 on summer days.

“We have many great clients and great locations, where our trees and/or grow kits can be found, from Disneyland to the White House and National Cathedral.” Claasen said. “We are at some premier botanic gardens and natural history museums across the country.”

Claasen said the company’s current goal was finding a partner to help with a 10-year program to put a million trees into people’s hands for Earth Week and Arbor Day.

“As always, where trees are concerned, the sky’s the limit,” he said.

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  • Where to find a real Christmas tree this holiday season?

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    Where to cut your own Christmas tree?

    Cutting down your own Christmas tree in a national forest is a special experience that’s easy, affordable, and fun. Check out the Recreation.gov website to see where you can cut your own tree nearby, and make sure to adhere to the rules listed on your permit.

    Where are the Christmas tree farms?

    “A lot of people don’t realize the story behind what’s at the centerpiece of their family holiday Christmas,” said Beth Ann Bossio, a tree farmer at the Quarter Pine Tree Farm in Smithfield, Pa. “It’s a lot of love and patience from these

    Where can you buy fresh cut Christmas trees?

    Check water daily and make sure that the base of the tree is always covered.

  • Water your tree using plain tap water with no additives for best results.
  • Living Christmas trees (trees with root systems) should only be located indoors for between three and 10-days.
  • Where is the Christmas Tree shop in CT?

    Manchester: home goods, seasonal decor in Manchester, CT This location has extended shopping hours (8am-9am Monday & Thursday) for those individuals 60 or older or at risk. Christmas Tree Shops andThat!

    Where can you buy a real Christmas tree?

    Severt’s is a family-owned Christmas tree farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. They have been selling Fraser firs in Florida for more than 40 years. They range in size from tabletop to 13 feet tall. Some years they sprinkle in blue spruce, noble firs and concolor firs.

    How many Christmas trees grow per acre?

    – Spring is the time for preparing soil and planting trees. – Late spring and early summer is the time for trimming trees (which is done once per year). – Summers are spent mowing between rows and applying weed control chemicals as necessary. – Late fall and early winter are the time to cut and sell trees.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    Don’t you hate going out to pick out a nice pretty Christmas tree at your local lot only to find out that they are all ugly, old, dying, or already dead?

    Did you wait too long or did the place ever have nice trees? So, you go to another one and find the same thing there. And again and again… Maybe you should just grow your own tree. I mean, it is too late to do it this year, but if you plan correctly, you can have a nice new tree in a few years if you start with a three or four-year-old juvenile tree. Of course, this is if you just want a tree for yourself that you can let grow in your yard and you can decorate outdoors. If you want a new one every year or if you plan on selling them, you are going to want to start with several trees.

    How to grow your own christmas treeChoosing the Right Tree

    You will do best to get a few three or four-year-old juvenile trees from a well-known nursery or garden supply store. You should not just get one and hope it lives. Get at least three or four of them, just to be sure at least one or two will survive. Depending on where you live and what type of tree you want to grow. The most common Christmas trees are Firs and which one you choose really depends on where you live. Balsam and Fraser Firs grow best in zones 4-7, the Douglas Fir prefers zones 4-6, Noble Fir likes zones 4-5, and the Balsam Fir is best for the coldest areas in zones 3-6. Then there are the Pines. The White Pine and Scotch Pine prefer zones 3-8, Virginia Pine likes zones 4-8, and the Sand Pine is great for warmer climates in zones 7-10. You could also get a Spruce if you live in zones 2-7 although the Colorado Blue Spruce is only happy in zones 4-7.

    How to grow your own christmas treeFinding the Best Location

    Where you put your trees are as important as what kind of trees to get. Pines are happiest on sough and west slopes and firs and spruces like north and east slopes. And yes, they have to be planted on a slope. Trees do not like their roots to stay wet very long so planting them on a 5% to 20% slope is best for drainage. Then you need to check the soil. Most trees prefer a pH between 6.5 and 6.8 so you need to check your pH levels and adjust them accordingly. You should also make sure that the trees will get full sun where you are going to plant them.

    How to grow your own christmas treePlanting the Trees

    You need to keep the seedlings moist until you are ready to plant them and then you should hand plant them using a shovel or auger to dig the hole. If there is any burlap or other covering on the tree, remove it, even if the instructions tell you that you don’t have to. Make sure you keep the roots untangled when planting. Do not twist or turn the tree when planting or they will get tangled and will probably not live long. Spread the roots out carefully and then cover up the hole with soil gently. Then water the tree thoroughly after it is planted. Make sure they are planted at least eight feet apart with seven or eight feet between each tree.

    How to grow your own christmas treeCaring for the Trees

    Place mulch such as bark or wood chips at the base of the trees out to the drip line. For the first year, you should water your trees every week. After that, you do not really have to do too much to your trees except water them if it has not rained in a long time. You should also remove any weeds or grass around the trees because it can steal the trees’ water and nutrients. You can use organic weed-killing solutions if you prefer. The first year you should remove any of the double tops from the trees and start shearing them. Shear them when the needles are about one inch long for Pines and after buds become visible for Firs and Spruces. Use garden shears or pruners to shear and shape your trees. You should also get rid of any misshapen or damaged branches.

    How to grow your own christmas treeWatch for Diseases and Pests

    If you notice that your trees are losing their needles in an excessive amount, they may have a disease or pests. It is normal for trees to lose about 30% of their needles but if they lose more than that or the needles turn yellow, there may be a problem. The most common pests that bug your trees would be the spruce spider, Cinara aphid, or the praying mantis. Your trees will be six to seven feet tall within four years and if you want to cut one down and bring it inside, it is best to do so in the late fall when it is full of moisture and keep the tree wet as soon as you cut it. If you have to wait a while, you will need to recut the tree by slicing off about a half an inch, so it will be able to absorb moisture. If you are just going to decorate the trees outdoors, that is a great idea because you don’t have to cut it down and you will have plenty of trees next year and the year after that. Keep in mind that most trees will reproduce every year, so you may end up with a dozen after a few years even if you only start out with a few. But, you can never have too many trees.

    Starting planning now!

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    How to grow your own christmas tree

    There’s no such thing as planning too far in advance. If you’re already thinking ahead to Christmas this year and want to really go all out, consider growing your own tree with Amazon’s grow your own tree kit. Bonus: It’ll cut your holiday expenses down, because it’s less than $10.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    The Christmas tree growing kit from The Jonsteen Company comes with everything you need to sprout a Balsam Fir. It includes a mini greenhouse AKA a “tree nursery you can hold in your hand,” according to the product description. It’s a soilless growing system, which means it can travel safely anywhere in the world. Instead of soil, it’s filled with perlite–a natural, volcanic rock that’s heated until it pops, then used in seed-starting or potting mixtures. Enough high quality germination seeds are included to ensure at least one tree grows, but the description claims you can usually get more than one out of it! And, of course, it comes with step-by-step instructions, so anyone from kids to experts can give it a go.

    The kit is on sale for $8.99 at the moment, so go for it now if you want to save a little extra cash. Imagine growing your own tree now and watching it flourish throughout the year. When you decorate it come December, it’ll feel way more special than if you whipped out a fake tree from the attic or bought one that someone else grew. Happy growing!

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    Instead of buying a cut tree that gets used once, a living Christmas tree can yield years of enjoyment.

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    For those celebrating Christmas, a cut tree can be a beautiful home accessory while serving as a decorating centerpiece for the holiday season. However, considering how short-lived a cut tree is, a more sustainable choice might be to buy a living tree. A living tree can either be used year after year, or can be planted in the yard to supply shade, wildlife habitat, and act as a living windbreak for decades to come.

    Why Not a Cut Christmas Tree?

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    Most cut Christmas trees come from a tree farm, where they are grown specifically to be cut down for the holiday season, though some families have a tradition of searching out and cutting their own tree on public lands or private property. Either way, once the tree is cut, its days are numbered. Supplying the bottom of the cut tree with fresh water can help slow down the dying process and keep the needles from drying out and dropping off so fast, but with no root system attached, the tree is essentially living on borrowed time. And while there are plenty of uses for cut Christmas trees after the season is over – such as being turned into fish habitat or yard and garden mulch – a living Christmas tree that gets planted in the yard will continue to grow and provide vital ecosystem services and financial benefits for years and years.

    What to Look For in Living Christmas Trees

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    If you’re considering buying a living Christmas tree this year, be sure to look for varieties that are well-suited to your local climate, as well as ones that will do well in the specific soil type and level of sun exposure where it will eventually be planted. Even the hardiest and healthiest of trees can struggle to grow when planted in areas that are too shady, too wet, or too warm for them, so picking an appropriate variety is essential to success. And unless you have a large property and can choose from a variety of planting sites, it can be helpful to decide where you’ll plant the tree before you actually buy one, as some locations may not be a good match for certain varieties of tree.

    Potted or Planted?

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    A potted Christmas tree can be kept in its pot and moved outside to live after the holidays, and then brought inside each year for the festivities – but will require a fair bit more care than one that gets planted outside. A potted tree will dry out faster than one in the soil, so regular watering is a necessity, as is periodic re-potting to a larger container to allow for growth. Because the roots are sitting in a pot above ground rather than in the ground may mean that additional protection is required in cold climates.

    Taking Care of the Tree

    A living Christmas tree will, expectedly, require more care than a cut tree. These steps will help it thrive.

    Let Your Tree Acclimate

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    No matter if you plan to keep your living Christmas tree in a pot year-round, or you’re going to eventually plant it in your yard, you’ll want to allow your new tree to acclimate slowly from outside temperatures to indoor ones. The general recommendation is to place the tree in an unheated but sheltered location, such as a garage, for a week or two before bringing it into the house. During this time, the roots of the tree should remain damp but not soaking, so periodic watering may be necessary. Ask the tree nursery for their guidance on specific instructions for the variety you choose.

    Pick a Cool, Bright Location

    When picking the location for the tree in the home, try to choose a place that isn’t directly exposed to warm air from heaters or vents, or selectively close nearby dampers to avoid large temperature swings in that room. A cooler location is better than a warm one, and one with plenty of natural light is preferred. Remember that a living Christmas tree is much heavier than a cut tree. Although some people may be able to afford, display, and plant a rather large tree, buying a smaller one allows for more choices of location in the home, and makes it a lot easier to move around and eventually plant outdoors.

    Water Correctly

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    Water the living tree regularly (some recommend watering it a little bit every day), and be prepared for dampness or water overflow under the pot by placing a large saucer underneath. To water the tree slowly so that the soil can absorb it, use ice cubes. Depending on the size of the pot, anywhere from one to three trays of ice cubes can be placed on the surface of the soil, where they will melt and gradually water the tree. Covering the soil with mulch can also help keep it from drying out as quickly.

    Decorate With Care

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    Decorate a living Christmas tree gently, and take care not to hang heavy ornaments on branches that may get damaged because of the weight. While the older incandescent Christmas lights put out too much heat to string on a living tree, many of today’s cooler LED strands can be used to light the tree, but be sure to plug them in and check the operating temperature before stringing them up.

    Returning It Outside

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    The general guidelines on keeping a living Christmas tree indoors is to limit it to a week to ten days maximum, after which the tree should be moved back to an unheated yet sheltered transition location for at least a few days. If the ground is frozen, the tree can be moved to an outside location that is sheltered from direct winds until planted permanently. If the ground isn’t frozen, the tree can be planted outdoors as per the specific planting instructions for that variety, and the soil should be well-mulched as protection from the cold and to conserve moisture. For keeping a potted Christmas tree year-round, move it to a more permanent location with plenty of sun after the transition, where it can also benefit from a heavy mulch.

    If you don’t own your yard, or don’t have a location suitable for planting a living Christmas tree, you can still buy and enjoy one during the holidays if your friends, family, or community organization has a place to plant it afterward and will accept your donation. And if you’re not tied to the idea of getting a more traditional conifer as your living Christmas tree, there are other varieties of trees that could be used as such, and that can live year-round indoors, such as the Norfolk Pine, or you can just decorate a pineapple and call it a day.

    Everything you need to know about pot-grown Christmas trees.

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    What’s the best way to care for a potted Christmas tree both during the festive season and beyond?

    A potted Christmas tree will have been grown for at least a year in its container, and so as it is a real Christmas tree, what you’re really buying is a temporary houseplant. When buying one, find out if your potted Christmas tree is actually container-grown or has been recently dug up and potted, as there is often confusion between the two.

    To put it simply, Harry Brightwell, British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) secretary explains to us: ‘A container-grown tree has been grown in the pot. A potted tree may be container-grown, but is often dug from the plantation and replanted in a pot prior to sale.’

    With container-grown trees, roots are developed in the container, so is said to be stronger and more healthy (as it hasn’t been dug up). ‘It is often possible to lift the whole root system out of the pot and see the closely woven root that has grown in the pot,’ BCTGA told Horticulture Week.

    Potted Christmas trees: expert advice

    • You should bring your potted tree indoors as late as possible, the RHS advise. The weekend before Christmas is ideal, and it’s advised not to keep living trees in the house for longer than 12 days.

    • As with most houseplants, it’s the watering that’s the thing. Too much and your potted Christmas tree will die of ‘trench foot’, too little and the leaves will turn brown and fall. Always check that the container has good drainage and some sort of saucer underneath to catch any excess water.

    • Avoid placing your tree close to a fire or radiator – this will cause excessive moisture loss and needle drop.

    Introduction: Grow Your Own Magic Crystal Tree

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    How to grow your own christmas tree

    If you found an ad for this instructable in the back of a comic book, it would read something like:
    Amaze your friends by growing a crystal tree out of common table salt and a few other ingredients available from the grocery store

    Step 1: Gather Your Materials

    Gathering the ingredients is probably the most difficult step. To grow your Magic Crystal Tree, you’ll need:
    – Mrs Stewart’s Bluing
    – Table salt
    – Household Ammonia (the kind with no soap added)
    – Cardboard (not corrugated)
    – Bowl
    – Water
    – Measuring spoon
    – Food Coloring (optional)

    The bluing is the hardest item to find but can be found in the cleaning section of many grocery stores. You can find the ammonia close by.

    The cardboard I used came as packing material from a new shirt, or the backing from a paper notepad. Cereal box cardboard might work, but it’s thinner & has printing on one side.

    Depending on the temperature & humidity of your location, the ammonia is optional, but speeds up the crystal growth — the tree in this Instructable started “sprouting” in less than an hour. Without ammonia, it may take a couple of days to start.

    Step 2: Cardboard Shapes for the Crystals to Grow On

    For this Instructable, I made a tree formed out of two cardboard triangles, roughly 2″ at the base and about 3.5″ high. If you’d prefer some form of unspeakable tentacled beasty, send me a picture!

    Cut a slot from the top to the middle in one piece, and from the bottom to the middle in the other. The slots allow the two pieces to be assembled into a 3D shape.

    Make sure that whatever shape you create can stand up by itself.

    Step 3: (Optional) Color the Tree

    If you like, you can add a little color to your shape by putting drops of food coloring on the edges. The food coloring will soak into the cardboard.

    Step 4: Adding the “Magic” Solution

    The “Magic” Solution — Mix together:
    – 1 tablespoon water
    – 1 tablespoon salt
    – 1 tablespoon bluing
    – 1/2 tablespoon household ammonia

    I put everything into a small bottle that could be shaken to mix the ingredients.

    Again, the ammonia is optional, but I’d recommend it.

    Find a place where you can watch your magic tree grow undisturbed for a few days.

    Put the tree into the bowl and add the solution

    Step 5: Wait.

    Wait a little longer.

    (First sign of growth showed up at around the one hour mark. )

    Step 6: Time Passes

    The tree after 12 hours.

    You can keep your crystal shape growing indefinately, by adding more water/salt solution to the bowel.

    Step 7: What’s Going On?

    The salt solution is wicked up into the cardboard tree via capillary action. Water evaporates from the surface of the tree, forcing the salt to crystallize out.

    Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing is a colloid — tiny particles suspended in water (think of glitter in a snow globe, but much, much smaller). The tiny particles make it easier for the salt crystals to form.

    The ammonia helps speed up the evaporation process, which makes the crystals grow faster.

    There’s a more detail explanation available from Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing at http://www.mrsstewart.com/pages/explanation.htm

    Step 8: Filming the Crystal Tree Growing

    I set up a Canon PowerShot A40 with remote capture software to take one picture every minute.

    The halogen desk lamp overhead is an attempt to provide a consistent light source, as well as warming things up a little (to speed up evaporation).

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    Question 2 years ago on Step 4

    Can I use another kind of blind in place of Mrs. Stewart Bluing?

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    I did one of these (also a tree) about almost a year ago, but sadly to say, it was not DIY. It was a kit I bought at the local Discovery Museum. It claimed it would last a few days. It only started to fade about a month ago and is only now starting to fall apart. Pretty Cool! Thanks for sharing how to make the next one myself and the nieces/nephews.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    Christmas is a time to create fond memories, and what better way is there to keep a memento of Christmas than by planting a Christmas tree out in your yard. You may wonder, “Can you plant your Christmas tree after Christmas?” and the answer is yes, you can. Replanting a Christmas tree requires some planning, but if you are willing to plan ahead, you can enjoy your lovely Christmas tree for years to come.

    How to Plant Your Christmas Tree

    Before you even buy the Christmas tree you will be replanting, you may also want to consider digging the hole that you will be planting the Christmas tree in. Chances are the ground will not yet be frozen at that time and by the time Christmas is over the chances that the ground will be frozen will have increased. Having a hole ready will help the chances that your tree will survive.

    When you plan on planting a Christmas tree, you need to make sure to purchase a live Christmas tree that has been sold with the root ball still intact. Typically, the root ball will come covered by a piece of burlap. Once a tree is cut from the root ball, it can no longer be planted outside, so make sure that the trunk and the root ball of the Christmas tree remain undamaged.

    Consider buying a smaller tree as well. A smaller tree will go through the transition from outdoors to indoors to outdoors again.

    When you decide to replant a Christmas tree outside after the holidays, you also need to accept that you will not be able to enjoy the tree indoors as long as you would a cut tree. This is because indoor conditions can put a live Christmas tree at risk. Expect that your Christmas tree will only be able to be in the house for 1 to 1 ½ weeks. Any longer than this, you reduce the chance that your Christmas tree will be able to adapt to the conditions outside again.

    When planting a Christmas tree, start by keeping the tree outside in a cold and sheltered place. When you buy your Christmas tree, it has been harvested in the cold and has already gone into dormancy. You need to keep it in that dormant state to help it survive being replanted. Keeping it in a cold place outside until you are ready to bring it indoors will help with this.

    Once you bring your live Christmas tree indoors, place it in a draft free location away from heaters and vents. Wrap the root ball in plastic or wet sphagnum moss. The root ball must stay damp the entire time the tree is in the house. Some people suggest using ice cubes or daily watering to help keep the root ball moist.

    Once Christmas is over, move the Christmas tree you intend to replant back outside. Place the tree back into the cold, sheltered area for a week or two so that the tree can re-enter dormancy if it has started to come out of dormancy while it was in the house.

    Now you are ready to replant your Christmas tree. Remove the burlap and any other coverings on the root ball. Place the Christmas tree in the hole and backfill the hole. Then cover the hole with several inches (5 to 10 cm.) of mulch and water the tree. You do not need to fertilize at this time. Fertilize the tree in the spring.

    By Julie Bawden-Davis Parade @jbawdendavis

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    If the idea of a living Christmas tree is appealing, but you don’t have much space, try a mini tree. You can enjoy the look of a live tree and then plant it in your garden next spring.

    “Living tabletop Christmas trees are ecofriendly,” says Chris Link, e-commerce manager at Nature Hills Nursery. “Why purchase a fake tree, or one you’ll throw away, when you can plant a little tree after you’re done using it?”

    Small living Christmas trees are great for anywhere space is an issue, such as apartments and offices. They are also an ideal accent for areas like dining and side tables, desks and mantels.

    In order to have luck keeping a mini Christmas tree thriving in your home this winter so you can plant it outside next spring, keep the following tips in mind.

    Indoor Living Christmas Tree Care

    Keep the tree healthy indoors, by placing it near a window that gets bright light, if possible, or under full-spectrum lighting. Avoid locating the tree in an area near a heating vent, as this tends to be too drying. The ideal temperature for the room is 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Water the plant when the top inch of soil has dried out. Avoid overwatering, as soggy soil will lead to root rot.

    Decorating Your Indoor Mini Tree

    Use care when decorating your tree, as the small limbs are fragile. Use lightweight ornaments and avoid overloading branches. If decorating with lights, opt for LED ones, which stay cooler.

    Keeping Your Tree Alive Until Spring

    After Christmas, store the tree somewhere cold, such as a garage, unheated basement, enclosed porch or sheltered patio or deck for a minimum of four weeks, as these trees need a cold period, advises Link. “Temperatures between 35 to 45 degrees are ideal.”

    Water sparingly during this time—just to ensure that the soil doesn’t dry out completely, says Link. “Check the soil in the pot every week. Roots and soil should be moist but not standing in water,” he says. Also provide a source of light, such as a window or full-spectrum lighting.

    Planting Your Tree Outdoors in Spring

    When the weather warms and the outdoor soil dries out, move your tree outside into a shaded location for two to three days prior to planting. This will allow it to acclimate to outdoor weather.

    Follow these steps suggested by Link to plant your mini Christmas tree.

    Find an ideal location. Many living Christmas trees are spruces, which require sufficient space when mature. Plant at least ten feet away from a building. Also choose a spot that is sunny and has well-draining soil.

    Water the pot well an hour prior to planting to ensure the root system is moist.

    Dig a hole deep and wide enough to allow room for all of the roots.

    Remove the tree from the pot. Loosen the root ball slightly with your hands, which will aid roots in entering the surrounding soil.

    Place the mini tree in the planting hole; backfill with the original soil and gently firm the soil around the roots. Check plant depth. The seedling root ball should be covered and at the same level as the surrounding soil. Avoid planting too deep.

    Water generously when planted and check twice a week for the first season. Water when the first inch of soil has dried, but avoid overwatering. You don’t want the planting site soggy.

    Apply a 2-inch layer of mulch around the plant to maintain even moisture.

    If deer are a problem, place chicken wire or a plastic cylinder around the tree for protection.

    How many times have you heard the phrase “it’s too early to put Christmas decorations up” this year? 10? 20?…100? Well, I think now it’s completely acceptable to cover your house from head to toe in sparkling lights, hang festive wreaths from your front door and decorate your Christmas tree.

    I spent this weekend trying to remain calm as I untangled the Christmas tree lights whilst routing through endless boxes trying to find the remainder of tree ornaments. I always choose a real tree for my house as I love the smell it brings and I’m an advocate for renewable planting as on average every Christmas tree farm plants up to three seedlings for every tree harvested. Plus, Christmas trees are biodegradable and can easily be used as a recycled attribute of my compost heap.

    This year, for the first time ever, Best4hedging are giving you the opportunity to grow your own Christmas tree with young Picea abies (Norway spruce) bare roots.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    Purchasing one of these young Christmas trees is a great way to care for your festive feature and watch it develop year on year until it reaches it’s ideal height. They are a fast growing species growing at an average of 90+cm a year. They have a conical growing habitat, pyramidal shape and lush evergreen foliage which not only creates a wonderful Christmas tree, but an attractive, ornamental garden feature.

    It’s up to you how you want to grow your Christmas tree, you can either plant it in the ground in a specific area of your garden or easily keep it in a pot. If you are planning on growing your Christmas tree in a pot, ensure you increase the pot size every two years. This is to allow the fast growing root system sufficient space to develop without endangering the plant by hindering its growth. This year I’ve noticed an increase of decorative Christmas trees being positioned outside so if your tree hasn’t reached your desired height to come inside the house, if you’ve planted it in a pot you can transport your tree to various positions and decorate it how you please.

    Plant your young trees with Rootgrow and Bone Meal to ensure your trees get their best start to establishment. You can find planting aftercare advice on our website.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    Whether you’re trying to save a little money or you’re tired of commercialization overtaking the holidays, making natural Christmas decorations is a logical solution.

    Wreaths, floral arrangements, and even ornaments can be fashioned from materials in your backyard. So, this year, try holiday decorating with plants from your garden.

    How to Grow Your Own Christmas Decorations

    Creating holiday décor from the garden is simple and easy. You can collect materials from plants throughout the year. Flowers, like hydrangea, are beautiful additions to a wreath or holiday floral arrangement. Hydrangeas don’t bloom in December, so the flowers must be collected and dried during the summer months.

    On the other hand, boughs of pine or blue spruce can be harvested the same day they are used. Not only do they retain their freshness throughout the winter, but evergreens are dormant during the Christmas holiday. Decorating with plants in their dormant stage means less sap and less mess.

    Flowers and foliage aren’t the only holiday décor from the garden. Interesting twigs, berries, seed heads, and cones can be incorporated into wreaths and floral designs. If these elements aren’t present in your yard, try adding these plants so you can grow your own Christmas decorations:

    • Conifers – Pine, spruce, and fir boughs can be used as a backdrop in floral arrangements and wreaths. Add the cones for the look of natural Christmas decorations or spray them with paint and glitter to accentuate their shape. Conifers are adaptive trees with most types preferring full sun and well-drained soil.
    • Eucalyptus – Treasured at Christmas time for its bluish green foliage, the aromatic branches of eucalyptus last about three weeks when cut fresh. The stems can also be preserved for dried arrangements. Most species are hardy in USDA zones 8 through 10 but smaller varieties can be container grown in colder climates.
    • Hazel – The twisted and kinky branches of this nut tree create a wintery focal point in arrangements or when weaved into a wreath. To find the most attractive branches, wait for the leaves to drop before harvesting this holiday décor from the garden. Hardy in zones 4 through 8, hazel trees need 15 to 20 feet to call their own.
    • Holly – This traditional Christmas foliage plant grows best in full sun with loamy, well-drained soil. If you want the quintessential green leaves with red berries, you’ll need both a male and female holly. If you have limited room for growing holiday decorations, try one of the variegated varieties with silver or gold trimmed leaves and forego the fruit.
    • Hydrangea – Picking holiday décor from the garden is a breeze with these large, beautiful flowers in the backyard. Hydrangeas are easily air-dried and retain their natural pink, blue, or white hues. Hydrangea prefer morning sun and a rich, moist medium. Soil pH determines flower color.
    • Mistletoe – This holiday foliage favorite also requires male and female plants for berry production. Mistletoe is a parasitic plant which requires a host tree to grow.

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    How to grow your own christmas tree

    Christmas is coming and we are busy creating lots of new Christmas-themed learning ideas over here. I want to share our latest Christmas science experiment with you. Have you ever grown a crystal tree before? If not, it’s worth trying!

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    I have purchased these “magic crystal trees” in little kits before in the past, but this time we learned how to make it all on our own. It’s quite easy to make!

    This science project use strong chemicals, so you definitely need an adult present. You’ll not want to let kids touch the chemicals as you mix and prepare. Kids can help with all of the other steps, though.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    How to Grow a Crystal Christmas Tree

    • Cardboard- we used the back piece of some old notebooks.
    • Laundry Bluing– a solution used in laundry to make whites look brighter, can be found in laundry sections of the grocery store.
    • Ammonia
    • Table Salt
    • Small Dishes– we used plastic petri dishes
    • Food Coloring (optional, but more fun!)

    Start by making the cardboard trees. Draw the tree shape on your piece of cardboard. Cut three trees that are the same size and shape out of a thin cardboard.

    (We also made a snowman, but the tree worked better due to the many points allowing spaces for the crystals for form.)

    It will need to have a large base that will stand up flat in your dish.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    Cut slits in the tree pieces. Two of them need slits from the top of the tree going down and the third one from the bottom to the top. Cut them really skinny and halfway through the shape. The ones with the slits on top, need to be folded to a 90 degree angle.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    Fit the three pieces together by cutting the two with the slit on top back to back and sliding the one with the slit on the bottom over the top. Place them in your dishes.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    Next we colored the edges of the trees. You could do this with marker, or paint, or food coloring. My kids painted on food coloring so it would be really concentrated.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    How To Make the Crystal Tree Solution

    To make the solution for this Christmas science experiment, mix together the following:

    2 Tbsp warm water

    2 Tbsp of Bluing

    Several drops of food coloring.

    Mix it all together until the salt is fully dissolved.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    Next, pour the “magic” solution over your tree. Let it sit untouched over night to grow the crystals.

    We checked on it after a few hours and already saw some salt crystal growth. Pretty cool, isn’t it?!

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    The next day the crystals were fully formed. They are beautiful, right? What we love about them is that they are soft and fluffy to the touch. They fall off when you touch them, so these are not sturdy crystals that last.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    What’s the Science Behind the Crystal Tree Science Experiment?

    The liquid in the solution soaks up into the cardboard. This is called capillary action, the same as a tree soaking up water through its roots. Ammonia speeds up the evaporation process. When the liquid is evaporated, it leaves behind the salt and bluing.

    Bluing is a colloid, which means it merges with another substance but never fully mixes and does not settle. Water mixes well with other substances because it has a lot of room between the molecules. This allows the bluing to merge easily with it, as well as the salt. When the salt and bluing are left behind after the liquid evaporates, it forms the crystals.

    A perfect cone shape, that vibrant green color, good needle retention — and no bare spots. If you’re in the Christmas tree business, like Virginia farmer Jim Gehlsen, you know what your customers are looking for.

    Within the space of four weeks every spring, Gehlsen trims all 30,000 of his miniature pines and spruce trees by hand for the coming winter, because nobody else does it quite right, he said.

    In the annual search for the perfect tree, people in the U.S. bring home more than 25 million of these festive holiday centerpieces each year, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. In 2017, total sales for harvested Christmas trees in the U.S. added up to more than $200 million.

    But shapely evergreens don’t just grow straight out of the ground in top condition. Christmas tree farming is a year-round battle against fungal infections, insect attacks, erratic weather and climate change. Despite all these hazards, farmers cultivate Christmas-card-ready trees with careful attention to pests, timing and innovation.

    Prime habitat for parasites

    A Christmas tree plantation is caterpillar heaven, with plenty of young needles and bark for them to gnaw on.

    Bagworms — actually moths, though you hardly ever see one fluttering in the air — spend most of their lives as caterpillars inside cocoons spun from their own thread and the needles of the trees that surround them.

    Without Gehlsen’s care, the bugs would “get so thick … that they’d kill the top half of a tree” by stripping the bark and killing the branches, he said.

    After he’s done selling trees for the holiday, Gehlsen begins the new year by walking his rows of spruces and firs and removing as many bagworm eggs as possible. He returns to this task for a brief window in the summer when the newly hatched caterpillars are ravenous but vulnerable to chemical sprays. “You can only spray bagworms in June and expect to kill them.”

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    Bagworms are moths that live most of their lives in shelters that they build from silk and nearby vegetation. They can cause severe damage to new tree growth. Photo by Vicky Stein

    The tiny invaders are just one of many tree-eating insect species. Dozens of types of weevils, midges and aphids make their appearances on farms across the country, depending on the tree species and the weather. They can travel on trucks hauling loads of trees or spread on the wind, finding new habitable territory where they land.

    Christmas tree farms make for prime habitat for those parasites because the trees are so tightly packed together and of one consistent variety, said Chal Landgren, Oregon State University Extension’s Christmas tree specialist. It’s a great breeding ground for fungi, too, he added.

    One in particular, a fungus called pine gall rust, killed or deformed more than 8,000 trees on Gehlsen’s farm over the past 15 years. He has stopped growing and selling scots pine, the species that the parasitic fungus attacks, planting more white pine and Norway spruce instead.

    Success in tree farming is a moving target. Insect and fungus populations grow and shrink yearly. “Nobody is having much luck growing scots pine anymore,” Gehlsen said. “But 40 to 50 years ago it was the No. 1-selling tree.”

    There are also “good bugs” that help farmers. Tree growers nationwide leave developing praying mantis eggs alone when they discover them in their fields each winter.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    Praying mantis egg masses will hatch into dozens of tiny insect predators when they warm up, either indoors or in the coming spring. Farmers can use these insects as a first line of defense against tree-eating pests. Photo by Vicky Stein

    Although one of the most common species of praying mantis is not native to the U.S., it can still provide valuable pest-control services, chowing down on aphids, midges and moths.

    That is, if it’s allowed to hatch outdoors.

    Much to the chagrin of some unsuspecting tree buyers, the egg masses can sometimes hide among the boughs and, when warmed up in your cozy house, result in a bumper crop of tiny predatory insects in your living room.

    Abnormal weather is the new normal

    Tree care takes careful timing, Gehlsen said, but that timing is shifting.

    “The mid-Atlantic area used to be pretty regular,” he recalled, and he depended on the predictable cycle. Trees used to start growing in early spring, but he said lately snows and cold temperatures have pushed late into the season. “The last couple of years, we’ve had most of our winter in March.”

    This year, a slow start to the growing season was followed by a summer of record rain, Gehlsen said. Some of his trees drowned in the water pooling at the lowest areas of his farm. “But it seems, nationwide, that the abnormal is starting to become the normal and that’s sad. Excessive rain, excessive drought, excessive heat, excessive everything.”

    In Oregon, Landgren said, the last three summers have been so dry that most newly planted noble fir trees died.

    Drought creates a cascade effect that throws trees and their defense against pests out of balance. Bark beetles usually only attack weakened trees, Landgren said, and far fewer of the trees are now able to muster up the water to create enough sap to push the beetles away.

    “When the tree doesn’t have that ability to defend itself, the problem builds up,” Landgren said.

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    But less rain can also be a blessing. The drier weather means Oregon farmers have had fewer problems with fungus. “A lot of the foliage diseases like moist, wet springs and moist summers, so there’s a little bit of a trade-off,” Landgren said.

    Just as Gehlsen is rethinking which tree species he plants in Virginia, growers in Oregon are making their own preparations for the future. In greenhouses and on hillsides, Oregon State University is tending to new kinds of Christmas trees—fir trees from the Mediterranean, which are resistant to root rot, local pests and the long dry summers that the West Coast is starting to expect.

    “We enjoy that tree,” Landgren said of the variety he gets for his family every year, and which keeps its needles well. “But they’re a little harder to find.” At least for now.

    Left: The tip of a pine tree grows tiny buds every winter. Those buds will become the tree’s new set of branches in the coming year. Photo by Vicky Stein

    Everyone that gets real “live” Christmas trees for Christmas knows that they will drop their needles quickly and by the time it’s late December, your Christmas tree is probably dry and the floor is covered in needles. Is there a way to keep your Christmas tree healthy during this time and not have needles all over your house? As it turns out, yes there is. In this guide, we’ll go over a few different ways to keep your Christmas tree healthier for longer and maybe even give it a second chance after the holidays.

    There are many things that help will help your tree stay healthy for longer, but first we need to separate the two different ways you can have a Christmas tree in your house:

    1. A tree that has been cut down
    2. A tree that still has its root system

    The general care for these two different situations is very similar, but the preparation for these two different situations is slightly different. In this guide, we’re going to go over a few different aspects of taking care of your Christmas tree:

    If you haven’t bought a Christmas tree yet, it’s worth looking into a tree that still has it’s roots. You can turn these in after the holidays and get it back a year later. You can also choose to plant it in your own garden if you’d like. This makes the holiday season a little more sustainable. Let’s get into the guide and help you get back to celebrating the holiday season.

    Bringing your Christmas tree indoors

    Back to top Bringing your Christmas tree indoors differs for the two different situations we went over earlier. When you have a Christmas tree that still has its root system, you can move on to the next section, your tree doesn’t need extra help when bringing it indoors. However, if you have have a tree where the trunk has been cut off from the root system, you’ll need to go through an extra step to ensure that you tree stays healthier for longer.

    First of all, make sure you have a tree stand that’s able to be submerged in water of that can hold water by itself. Now, when you put the tree in the tree stand, make sure to add warm water in the tree stand. Warm water, not boiling water. This warm water is easier for the tree to absorb and prevents to tree sap to form a hard crust on the tree stump. By submerging your trunk trunk in water, you allow the tree to keep its ability to absorb moisture, even without roots. If a crust forms on the trunk, it blocks the ability to absorb moisture. After the first time of giving your tree warm water to absorb, you won’t have to make it warm any more and you can go back to giving it cold water. The warm water was only there as a quick boost of moisture.

    Secondly, wait as long as possible to bring your tree indoors. Your Christmas tree loves the cold weather and if you can keep it outside, out of drafts of wind, it has a much better chance of looking great for a longer period of time.

    Placement of your Christmas tree

    Photo by Jonny Gios on Unsplash

    Placement of your Christmas tree is one of the most important aspects to keeping your tree healthy during the holidays. Christmas trees (spruce trees, pine trees and fir trees) are trees that keep their “leaves” all year round, through the warm and the freezing cold. They’re also tree that require moisture to grow and grow best in cold environments. This is why you won’t see these trees grow naturally around the equator, but you will see them near the north and south pole. This is the environment these trees thrive in.

    Now, when you want to take care of a Christmas tree in your house, the environment is quite hostile to the tree. It’s warm and dry in your house during the winter, which is the exact opposite of what the tree needs to thrive. For you to take care of a Christmas tree successfully, you’ll need to compromise with the tree a little bit. The biggest compromise you need to make is where to place your Christmas tree. As every house is different, we’ll go over a list of general placement tips.

    Avoid placing your Christmas tree in places that:

    • are close to a heat source, like: a fireplace, heating vents, central heating systems, the blazing sun
    • are very dry

    Instead, try to find a place that’s:

    • Bright, but not too warm
    • Near a source of humidity, like a humidifier or running water

    If you don’t have a source of humidity for you tree, simply submerging the trunk in water also helps to prevent drying out the tree. To help your Christmas tree deal with the warm indoor environment, it’s not a bad idea to turn down the central heating system a little bit. This might not be an option for you, but it will definitely help you tree.

    Taking care of your Christmas tree

    Back to top You’ve got your Christmas tree with or without roots in your house and in a great spot, perfect! Now the real challenge begins: How do you keep the Christmas tree looking great? One way is to help mimic the natural environment of your tree: keep it in a colder place and make sure the soil (if you have a root system) is moist. If your tree doesn’t have a root system, make sure it’s always submerged in plain water. There are all kinds of things you can mix in with your water, like sugar or fertilizer, but it’s best to stick to plain water.

    If you have a root system on your tree, you can water your tree like you would any houseplant, water it when the top 5 cm (2 inches) is dry. Your tree likes moisture, be sure to give it this for the best results. If your tree doesn’t have a root system, make sure the trunk is always submerged and don’t allow it to dry out. This will prevent your tree from drying out and dropping needles all over your living room.

    Conclusion

    Christmas trees are a great tradition during the holidays, but they can be a real plain to clean up after the holdays. There are a few things you can do to take care of your Christmas tree and help it to stay healthier for longer. You might even be able to reuse the same tree after a year if you have a tree with a root system. The environment for your tree is a colder, more humid environment. You can achieve this by turning down the central heating system and keeping your tree away from heat sources like a fireplace or heating vents. Humidifiers or submerging your tree trunk in water also help to keep the humidity up around your plants.

    America’s Largest Fir Does Best in Cool Mountain Climate

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    How to grow your own christmas tree

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    Noble fir is called noble because it is the largest American fir and the largest of the true firs. In its native habitat in the mountains of Pacific northwest, it grows 180 to 270 feet tall. When grown as a specimen tree, it is shorter but this tall, narrow tree still needs a large, wide open landscape setting. Because the noble fir is also grown as a popular Christmas tree, it is popularly referred to as such.

    Its bark is silvery-gray and the needles are gray-green or bright blue-gray. The stiff, short branches grow almost horizontal. The crown of the young tree is conical and develops a round shape when mature. The tree is long-lived and only starts producing seeds at around 50 years of age.

    Noble fir provides food for many different birds, including chickadees and jays and other animals. Its dense foliage provides shelter and winter protection for wildlife.

    Common name Noble fir, red fir, white fir
    Botanical Name Abies procera
    Family Pinaceae
    Plant Type Tree
    Mature Size 50 to 100 ft. tall, 30 ft. wide
    Sun Exposure Full sun, part shade
    Soil Type Loamy, sandy, clay, silt, moist, well-drained
    Soil pH Acidic (5.0 to 6.5)
    Hardiness Zones 5-6, USA
    Native Area North America

    Noble Fir Care

    Noble fir is a low-maintenance tree, provided that it’s grown in a suitable climate and location similar to its native habitat.

    The care for commercially grown noble fir Christmas trees is different. Noble fir Christmas trees require much more care, ranging from regular fertilization to maximize their growth to frequent pruning to make them more marketable.

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    Light

    Noble fir grows both in full sun or part shade with at least four hours of direct sunlight.

    The tree can grow in a wide range of soil types but the soil needs to be cool, moist, and well-drained. Noble fir prefers deep soil but can sometimes grow in thin, rocky soils. The tree does not tolerate soil with a high pH (alkaline soil).

    Water

    The tree needs constant moisture, and it’s important to keep in mind that in its native habitat, three quarters of the precipitation consists of snow that falls between October through March. It would be difficult to duplicate this pattern by irrigation. For this reason noble fir should be grown in a climate with frequent and ample precipitation from fall through spring and with frequent snowfall.

    Temperature and Humidity

    The native habitat of noble fir in the Pacific Northwest is a moist, relatively cool, maritime mountain climate. The tree is not suitable for hot, humid climates.

    Fertilizer

    The tree requires no fertilization.

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    Types of Noble Fir

    There are numerous cultivars of noble fir. Cultivars suitable for home gardens with limited space include:

    • Abies procera ‘La Graciosa’, a slow grower that can be grown as a 2- to 4-foot mound or a 6-foot-tall, pendulous tree with a leader.
    • Abies procera ‘Compacta’, also a slow grower with long sweeping branches that reaches 20 ft. in height and 10 ft. spread at maturity.
    • Abies procera ‘Glauca prostrata’, a two-foot tall, groundcover-type cultivar with silvery blue foliage that spreads about 6 feet in 10 years. To keep it low, remove any emerging vertical leaders.
    • Abies procera ‘Rick’s Foxtail’, a narrow, upright cultivar with a strong central leader and blue-green needles. In ten years, it grows to a size of about 6 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide.
    • Abies procera ‘DelBar Cascade’, an upright cultivar with a sinuous central leader, pendulous branching, and greenish-blue needles. In ten years, it reaches about 7 ft. in height and 2 ft. in width.

    Pruning

    Noble fir does not require pruning other than removing broken or diseased branches.

    Propagating Noble Fir

    You can grow noble fir from the seeds found in its cones which mature in early August. Let the cones dry until they are brittle, then shake them to remove the cones. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours, then place the drained seeds in a sealed plastic bag or an airtight container with a soilless potting mix, such as peat moss or vermiculite. Keep them in the fridge for six to eight weeks. This chilling period called stratification is necessary to break the plant’s dormancy, without it, the seeds won’t germinate.

    Fill seed trays or small pots with good potting mix. Plant the seeds no deeper than one-quarter inch, which is about as much soil as is needed to cover the seeds so you don’t see them. and keep them moist. You can expect the seeds to germinate in a few weeks. The light requirements for growing seedlings are the same as described above. Keep the seedlings consistently moist and repot them as they grow.

    Common Plant Diseases

    Noble fir is mainly affected by different diseases caused by fungi: Phytophthora root rot, stem canker, current season needle necrosis (CSNN), and interior needle blight.

    The tree has a medium to fast growth rate of about 12 to 24 inches per year.

    Yes, noble fir can be propagated from seed but it takes up to three years until the seedlings are ready to be planted in their permanent location.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    How long does it take to grow christmas tree? Christmas tree is a tree used especially during christmas. People put some christmas balls, lights, candle and any thing that make it beautiful. There are artificial and natural christmas tree, the question is how long does it take to grow christmas tree?

    How long does it take to grow christmas tree? The christmas tree take 7 to 10 years to grow for 8 feet tall. This take some time because its a tree. Unlike for other plants like flowers and vegetables it will take only some time. If you want to grow christmas tree fast then pick those fast grower tree.

    How long does it take for christmas tree to germinate, sprout? The christmas tree take 4 to 5 weeks to germinate. The seeds are hard to sprout but when you start seing some plants are growing up it is very awesome.

    You need to germinate it first on a seed box. The seedbox is a good place to sown it. When the plant grows a little bit, protect it because some matters might destroy it like animals.

    How long does it take to grow christmas tree from seed? The christmas tree will take 7 to 10 years to grow from seed. If you grow it from the seed it will take some time. The seeds of it are hard enough to germinate. But if you want to grow it faster try to buy seedlings from the nursery farm near your location.

    How long does it take to grow chrismas tree from sapling? If you buy a christmas tree sapling with a height of 1 foot, it will take about 6 to 9 years to grow. Since the sapling is bigger enough and can grow on the soil, the time will be lesser a little bit.

    How long does it take to grow 6 feet christmas tree? The 6 feet christmas tree will take 6 to 7 years to grow. Let say the tree grows 1 foot per year then it will take 6 years to grow 6 feet Christmas tree.

    How long does it take to grow 7 feet chrismas tree? The 7 feet chrismas tree will take 7 to 10 years to grow.

    How long does it take to grow 8 feet christmas tree? The 8 feet christmas tree will take 8 to 12 years to grow. If the tree grows a foot per years then it can go estimatedly 8 to 12 years.

    How long does it take for douglas fir, fraser fir, and blue spruce christmas tree to grow? The douglas fir, fraser fir, and blue spruce christmas tree will take 7 to 10 years to grow with a height of 7 to 8 feet. These varieties of christmas tree are good variety to choose. The appearance and characteristics of it best especially during christmas day.

    How long does it take to grow christmas tree in Uk, Nz and Ireland? The chrismas tree will take 7 to 10 years to grow in Uk, Nz, and Ireland. The tree will be 7 to 8 feet tall. There are fast grower varieties and also the slower one. It is best to choose those fast grower so that you can harvest it as early as possible.

    There are many farms for christmas tree so it will be easy for you to pick and buy the tree you like and love. But if you want also to grow your own christmas tree then that is the average time you need to wait before you can start harvesting your first tree.

    Let say that the tree will grow 1 foot per year, it will be 2 feet tall after 2 years, 3 feet after 3 years and 7 feet after 7 years. So it is awesome to analyze how tall your tree will be after a few years.

    Growing chirstmas tree is very awesome. You can make your own forest using it. When there are many christmas tree around your backyard it is good for playing hide and seek. Other people do a picnic and enjoys with their family.

    Also during christmas, when everybody loves to decor it. You can put some colorful things their.

    Conclusion: Knowing how long does it take to grow christmas tree will guide you to know how long it will be. You can count the years and know the estimated height for each years. It is hard to wait but awesome to see the tree growing better.

    How to grow your own christmas tree

    Growing a Christmas tree from seed, a pine, shown here, takes a long time but is very satisfying. Lee Reich via AP

    Even during this holiday season, with winter upon us, you might find some gardening to do. Growing a Christmas tree from seed, for example.

    That’s no short-term proposition. But the long wait is offset by the wide selection of trees from which to choose, their negligible cost and — best of all — the satisfaction you get from growing your own tree. You’re sure to eye your own, seed-grown Christmas tree with more affection than you’ve ever felt toward a tree loaded onto the roof of your car from a sales lot.

    Aside from patience, all you need to get started are a plastic bag, a pen, a couple of handfuls of potting soil and the seeds.

    Options in procuring seeds

    It’s late in the season, but you could collect seed yourself if you know of some nice-looking, mature trees of species suitable for decorating and keeping through the holidays indoors. The most popular trees for this purpose include Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris), white pine (Pinus strobus), Norway spruce (Picea abies), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), balsam fir (Abies balsamea) and white fir (Abies concolor).

    Then again, your choices need not be limited to those popular species. Maybe your taste runs toward a tree with the long, languid needles of a Himalayan pine (Pinus Wallichiana) or the stubby, bluish needles of a Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens).

    Most conifers ripen their seeds in late summer or early fall, the cones’ scales spreading to disperse their seeds in the weeks or months that follow. If you lay hands on some intact, mature cones, put them in a paper or burlap bag so their seeds won’t be lost when the cones open, a process that can be speeded up by keeping them warm or even heating them a bit.

    The other option, of course, is to buy the seeds. For small quantities, go to J.L. Hudson (Star Route 2, Box 337, La Honda, CA 94020, www.jlhudsonseeds.net) or Tree Seeds (www.treeseeds.com); larger amounts can be purchased from such sources as Sheffield’s Seed Co. (315-497-1058, www.sheffields.com) and F.W. Schumacher (www.treeshrubseeds.com).

    An artificial winter

    Many conifer seeds will sprout quite readily if sown fresh out of their cones, although sprouting is often erratic. Once stored though, they usually need some treatment before they’ll come to life. Start that treatment — essentially an artificial winter — by soaking the seed for 24 hours; that’s “autumn rain.” Then rinse the seeds well to wash away any germination inhibitors; drain; and put them into a plastic bag along with moist potting soil.

    Seal the bag shut and put it in your refrigerator. The seeds need to sit in the moist coolness of the refrigerator for one to three months, after which they’ll be convinced that winter is over and it’s safe to sprout.

    This treatment might be advisable even for freshly harvested seeds to improve or make less erratic their germination. Now, anyway, isn’t the best time of year for seeds to be sprouting.

    Nursery care

    Leave that plastic bag tucked away in the back of your refrigerator until spring. Check it occasionally because once some seeds think winter is over, they are so eager to get started that they’ll actually sprout in the refrigerator.

    Conifer seedlings grow slowly and offer little competition to weeds, so when you do plant them, do so either in containers or in a carefully tended garden row. Seedlings in containers need more watering care; seedlings out in the garden need only occasional watering, but close guarding against weed encroachment.

    Neither the containers nor the garden row will be the plants’ permanent home, just nursery areas. After a couple of seasons in the nursery, transplant the trees, which will still be quite small, to more permanent locations where they can grow until ready for cutting.

    Plan on about 10 years until harvest, depending on growing conditions and the kind of tree.