Brought a rooted Christmas Tree this year? You can plant it out for next year!
Firstly, if you bought a cut tree without roots it will not grow if you plant it in the garden. However, a rooted tree will grow on to give you a lovely tree for next year too!
- Move your tree to a sheltered outdoor location and leave it alone for a couple of weeks. After being in the heat of a living room it will allow it time to acclimatise to its new surroundings prior to planting.
- You can either plant your Christmas Tree in the ground or in a larger planter. Be aware that you will need to increase the size of your planter annually so there may become appoint where you can no longer lift it into your house for Christmas. You should choose a sunny sheltered location to give your tree the best conditions.
- If planting in the ground dig a hole twice as wide the Trees root ball and about as deep. If potting into a planter put some gravel on the base of the planter for drainage and then fill planter with SylvaGrow Peat Free Compost until you reach a depth where the depth of the roots will be one and a half inches below the top of the planter’s rim.
- Sprinkle the base of the hole with Mycorrhizal Fungi. This will assist with root development.
- Place the root ball of the tree into the hole. Then fill around the root ball with Sylvagrow Peat Free Compost. Firm it in very well around the sides of the plant as this will help it to stay upright in strong winds. You may need to add a plant stake if you have a tree that is four feet or above and secure it with a tree tie.
- Mulch the surface of the trees rootball with an inch of SylvaGrow Peat Free Compost. Then water it in. This will help to wash the goodness and nutrition into the trees roots. It will also activate the root boosting mycorrhizal fungi.
- Christmas trees do not need a lot of pruning when grown outdoors. However, you should remove any dead or diseased branches. You should try to maintain an attractive shape if you want to bring the tree indoors in next Christmas.
- Trees in pots are constrained by and will not grow as quickly. Trees planted in the garden can grow more quickly. Fraser Firs will grow to a height of 7m in 20 years but by contract Norway Spruce and Nordmann Firs will grow to around 20 metres in the same period. It should be noted that heights will also vary on the location, weather and conditions the tree experiences.
- You should water your tree well once a week thoroughly soaking the surface of the soil. You should also feed the tree in spring with a mulch of SylvaGrow Peat Free Compost. This will give it renewed vigour for the year ahead.