Christmas Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Collingswood, NJ
Question by enigma94
January 5, 2001
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 from NGA
January 5, 2001


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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