can i keep a picea glauca indoors for christmas and then put outside in a container? - Knowledgebase Question

wakefield, ri
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Question by riblues
December 13, 2005
I have a dwarf picea glauca for a christmas tree indoors will that kill it? i would put it outside after christmas thank you

Answer from NGA
December 13, 2005
Unfortunately, by the time these little trees have been indoors at room temperature more than just a few days -- two or three in a cool room -- they begin to break out of their winter dormancy and suffer badly. These trees also do not do well long term in a container outdoors under home conditions. In most cases they become stressed and do not last beyond about 6 months at best. In my experience it is usually better to consider living trees, especially the small ones in a container, as a decoration. If you want to try to keep it, you could keep it indoors the bare minimum of time. Between now and the holiday you could keep it in a bright but cold location such as a garage (temperature should be 35 to 45) with the soil barely damp. After the holiday, return it to the bright but cold garage. In early spring, plant it outside. If however it had been indoors on display prior to purchase in addition to being indoors for a bit at home already, I would encourage you to just let it go after the holiday rather than let it linger.

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