The Q&A Archives: Evergreens In Containers

Question: I want to pot up some Fir seedlings to use as live Christmas trees in my house, then move them back outside the rest of the time. What would it take to keep these trees in pots for several years, until they were to big to move anymore and I planted them in the ground? Also, would these potted trees require extra winter protection outside?

Answer: You can bring a live tree into your home during the holidays with a little extra care. Just try not to keep it inside for longer than a week. You'll need a mixture of garden soil and potting soil in your container. The garden soil will help anchor the tree's roots so it doesn't topple when being moved. After it's been inside, you'll need to move it back outdoors cautiously. Try moving it to a protected spot, like an unheated garage for a few days before putting it out into the winter weather. Firs grown in containers for more than a few years may become stunted because their roots will be cramped. Don't expect them to become majestic beauties when they're finally planted in the ground.

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