The Q&A Archives: evergreens

Question: I plant my Christmas tree every year. within a year they die. This is getting to be an expensive hobby. I don't understand it. The blue spruce is the only one that has made it for 3 years. Could someone please help me?

Answer: Although different trees are better suited to different growing conditions, in general I believe the failure with Christmas trees is high for a different set of reasons. The trees are dug and/or held under less than ideal conditions outside and are then stressed by being brought indoors and "warmed up" even if it is only for a few days. They often dry out during the fall and winter handling as well. I'm sorry if this sounds Scroogish, but if you truly wish to plant evergreen trees, I think you would do better to wait until spring to purchase a freshly stocked tree and plant it then. This is horticulturally preferable and should give you a much better success rate. In addition, proper planting, watering and care are also critical to a tree's survival.

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