The Q&A Archives: Christmas Miracle

Question: We have a Christmas tree that just won't die. We cut this tree at a commercial Christmas Tree lot in Mid November. We got it very early because my son was home from University and we wanted to do the family thing. The tree was put up that day and all we have done is kept it watered.
Every branch has new growth (ie. the little green fronds of new evergreen growth) It is totally healthy all needles are solid and it has lost none. Usually by this time of the year we have a bare tree. Can you explain this Christmas miracle. We are going to keep watering it to see how long it will last.

Answer: What fun! You must have done a good job at keeping the plant hydrated and protected from overly dry air. Sadly, it is not really growing. The growth for next year was already produced before the tree was cut but it was not readily apparent. It is kept tight to the tree as part of its portective mechanism against the cold winter. It has now swollen and elongated in response to the moisture and warmer indoor air temperatures. That makes it seem like the tree is "growing" but in all likelihood it will not continue to last indefinitely. Enjoy your experiment!

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