Living Christmas Trees
Potted Christmas tree are a new innovation in the South. This is made
possible by the new varieties that will grow in our semi-tropical climate.
Shady Pond Tree Farm typically has Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire,
Eastern Red Cedar and King William's Pine available as living Christmas
trees. Planting your Christmas tree in the landscaping around your home is
an excellent way to preserve those special memories.
Care Before Planting-
- Water your Living Christmas Tree every 2nd day...
Completely flood the pot 3-4 times and allow the excess water to drain.
- Do not allow the pot to freeze...
If below freezing temperatures are expected, move your Living Christmas
Tree to a protected area. Keep it there while freezing temperatures continue.
Return it to the outdoors as soon as the freezing temperatures end.
- Plant your Living Christmas Tree quickly...
Do not keep your Living Christmas Tree in the pot for more than 6-8 weeks.
- Select the planting site...
Choose a location that is known to be well drained and not boggy. To
maximize the tree's growth, the location should be in as much direct sun as
possible with no overhead obstructions. And it is best to plant your Living
Christmas Tree in the dead of winter just like we do at Shady Pond. To be
more specific, plant the tree on a pleasant day in January.
- Prepare the planting hole...
Dig a hole with a diameter 2-3 times larger than that of the pot. The depth of
the hole should be 1-2 times deeper than the pot.
- Clean and pulverize the diggings...
Remove as much of the grass and roots as possible while breaking the clods
into a finely divided mixture.
Remove the Christmas Tree from its pot. You will probably find it to be root
bound. If the tree roots are not shocked, once planted it will think it is still in
the pot. Trees planted with the root mass in this condition will usually not
grow at all, or will grow very slowly. Disturbing the roots signals the tree that
it is no longer in the pot and that it is time to start growing again.
For smaller plants, pounding the root mass on the side of the planting hole is
an effective means of disturbing the roots. Take care not to damage the trunk
in the process. In larger plants, untangle the roots by hand or thrust a blunt
object into the root mass. A shovel handle is a good choice. Do not cut the
- Place the Christmas Tree in the planting hole...
Fill the hole with the diggings. Plant the tree 1-2 inches deeper than it was in
the pot. To prevent moisture loss due to capillary action in the potting media,
be sure to cover the root mass with at least 1-inch of native soil.
- Use root growth stimulator...
Saturate the area with root growth stimulator. Be sure to follow the mixing
Support your Living Christmas Tree as necessary to prevent tipping from the
Record the date and any special family circumstances that surrounded the
planting of your Living Christmas Tree...Enjoy.