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11. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

I was thinking, Christmas trees are outdoor plants - surely bringing them inside is ultimately going to kill them . . .

12. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

I was thinking, Christmas trees are outdoor plants - surely bringing them inside is ultimately going to kill them . . .

Looks like it according to everything I have been told so far.
They also need over a pint of water per day. A bit difficult to provide also, because if there are not enough roots to absorb the water it will cause the container under the tree to overflow and with presents etc under the tree......
Looks like this one will also end up being compost unless I get very lucky.

I think I have finally found the secret of keeping a Christmas tree alive. What one should do is buy a small one in Summertime and plant it in a pot. It will then be hopefully biggish by Christmastime. Then bring it into the house and then transplant it to the garden afterwards. :) If u grow it in a pot from when it is small then the roots wont get damaged by digging it up at Christmas. Apparently root damage is another thing which causes them to die.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 23, 2007, at 1:26 AM by Mel. ]

13. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

My tip would be: don't buy one. If you don't buy a tree you can't kill one. There is a reason why trees prefer grow outside, and not inside.

If you really want ..., then buy several small ones, that you can keep in a pot. this makes it easy to transport them from the garden, to the living room. And I think a few smaller tree look much nicer, then one big tree.

14. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

If you really want ..., then buy several small ones, that you can keep in a pot. this makes it easy to transport them from the garden, to the living room. And I think a few smaller tree look much nicer, then one big tree.

That is a good idea.
I never thought of that one before.
I already bought this years tree, but I think I will do your idea next year.
I might actually plant them in the pots in Spring or Summer if I find them for sale and then they will be a bit bigger by next Christmas and I can have a few smallish trees and transplant them later. Thanks Herr Bert.:)

15. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Im the grinch - l will not be putting up any Christmas decorations this year (didnt last year either then again l was in Austrailia!) cant be bothered with the hassle of it all. Bah Humbug!

16. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

My mother used to buy them already potted and kept them on the balcony throughout the year. She only took it in on the day before Christmas and put it out again the day after, then planted them in my grandma's garden when they grew to tall for the balcony. Out of 5 or 6 Christmas trees she bought potted she had about 3 "survivors" this way which grew quite tall over the years. Unfortunately we moved to another city to place without a balcony when I was 5, so she stopped doing this.

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