Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,930

Decided to get a real Christmas Tree last year and bought one in a pot to go on the coffee table, it's about 2ft tall. It went outside in January and I didn't expect it to survive but it looks as healthy as the day it was bought, hasn't dropped any leaves but needs re-potting. My Q is, what type of compost will it need and what area is it likely to grow best in shade or full sun.

I don't know the variety but purchased it from Lidl, was wondering how it big it would grow in a year and should it be fed over summer. Any advise...

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    Put it in John Innes No 3 loam based compost and I would think that would have enough nutrients in it for this summer.  

    It's probably a Norwegian Spruce (they're the ones more frequently sold in pots, unless someone knows that Lidl were selling something different?) - it will need good light but if it's in a pot it won't be happy if it gets hot and dry, so I think I'd give it full sun in spring and autumn but move it into a more shady spot in the mid summer, and if we have a very dry spell I'd give the foliage regular sprays with a hose as well as plenty of water for the pot.

    They can grow up to 3 ft per year in optimal conditions, but I imagine that in a pot the growth will be slower - you'll have to let us know image

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  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    There's a thread about Christmas trees in pots, with some 60 messages, and the occasional photo, here:

    http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/-christmas--tree/65099.html

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,930

    I remember the thread about Christmas tree's now, just been through it again. Some nice tree's and good advise. I also contributed but don't know how to retrieve old threads.

    It looks like a Norwegian Spruce, will pot it up as advised and move it to a shady spot in the summer, that's if we get one this year. It would be nice if it did grow 3ftimage.

    I also bought three tiny variegated conifers before winter last year, wasn't sure what to do with those but presumably they can be treated the same as the Spruce.  

     

  • moggy2moggy2 Posts: 1

    I have a tree from last year which did well in the summer and grew a few inches. Did us well for Christmas this year  and is looking happy outside again. I feel l should re-pot for nutrients but do not want it to get much bigger. Can I repot in same size pot or give feed without repotting? 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    Is it pot-bound?  If so personally speaking I'd go up one size bigger pot and repot in JI No 3 as above.  

    You can tease out the roots a bit to loosen old compost  before potting on with fresh compost - the more fresh compost you use the more nutrients you'll be providing for the tree - it's a tricky line you have to tread - providing enough nutrients to keep the tree healthy without it growing too much.  

    No tree will remain the same size - even bonsai trees grow, but they can be pruned to keep them small - Christmas trees do not take kindly to pruning - it spoils the shape.

    I'd let it grow slowly, and then, when it's too big for you to use at Christmas I'd bite the bullet - shred it and start again ..............  heartless I know but the other option is to give it its freedom, plant it in the garden, and allow it to become one of the many huge lonely ex Christmas trees at the bottom of gardens, pining* for a forest image

    *there's a joke in there image

     

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  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,255

    Doveimage

    I would like a small christmas tree to grow in a pot or the garden, i'm hoping they are still available in the gc

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    I'm thinking of growing something in a pot that I could decorate and stand on the front porch at Christmas - I used to use the lollipop bay but it's too big to cart around there now without us putting our backs out for Christmas.  I did think of a holly but if I have a holly I want it to be big enough to cut sprigs for decorating.  

    I wondered about a Colorado Blue Spruce - they're a lovely shape and colour - but they grow huge - don't know how long I could keep it small enough for the porch image 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,255

    Dove, i've just looked up Colorado blue spruce on the internet. They look lovely,  and they grow cones on them which I love. They are 34.99, but they grow to 4m and 1.5 wide. Bit big for where I want it. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

    Bigger than that in the wild Lily image http://www.arborday.org/treeguide/treeDetail.cfm?ID=39 

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