The Q&A Archives: Christmas Tree

Question: It is now after Christmas and we bought a balled live Christmas tree. Now we want to know the correct way to store it until the ground thaws. What should we do?

Answer: Unfortunately, live trees do not fare very well at all if kept in the heated and dry home environment for more than just a few days. You will need to move it to a cool, sheltered location out of the wind and keep the soil slightly moist. You may be able to keep it in a cool unheated garage. Alternatively, a location on the north side of a building but out of wind, with mulch heaped over and all around the root ball to insulate it may work. If you try a live tree again, it is a good idea to dig the hole in the fall and keep the backfill soil in a location where it will not freeze. That way you can enjoy the tree for a few days and then plant it almost immediately.

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