Christmas tree needles turning brown

Help! My Christmas tree needles are turning brown. The tree lives in a pot in the garden in sheltered position, but over the last month the needles are going brown. What can I do to save the tree? Thanks


  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Being in a pot won't be doing it any good. These type of trees need lots of nutrients and water.

  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 499

    Doesn't sound good. I suspect it has had it.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,675

    I think it's too late too but you could try reviving it with one soluble aspirin dissolved per pint of water.  It contains salicylic acid which is a natural growth hormone found in willow plants and can help sickly plants.

    The Vendée, France
  • I bought what was supposed to be container grown xmas tree this year, and planted it out in a large container after xmas. It was clearly not grow in the container but containerised by chopping off most of the roots. 

    I didn't give it much chance of survival, and i was right. It was doing ok, until those cold easterly winds, which did it in. 

    I liked the idea of having a tree which we could just bring in the house at xmas, and put back in the garden for the rest if the year, but it seems you need to be very careful about the difference between container grown and containerised, as the latter will apparantely rarely survive.

  • Clarkie48Clarkie48 Posts: 1

    We planted a very small Christmas Tree "santa" gave it to our little friend but she didn`t have a garden so we have it in ours. Thing is, its grown brilliantly for 5 years but this last couple of weeks the needles seem to be going brown but are staying on the tree... I hope we don`t lose it, we are so happy the way it has grown and there is a new light green shoot at the top and lots of "buds" coming on too. HELP!! Thanks

  • Foodie40Foodie40 Posts: 53

    My son visited Santa about 14 years ago and was given a tree, it's now in a large pot and is about 3ft high and the same in width. It goes a bit brown on the edges and I think it's dying but then grows again. I water it occasionally, daily during the summer, apart from that it's in the way at times - by the side gate so getting the bins past it is a pain, it won't die!!!

  • We planted a small Christmas tree in the garden about 16 years ago and it is now about 12 ft high but from the centre to about 1ft out the needles have  turned brown is the tree dying.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Hard to tell without seeing it gordon but the inside leaves of a conifer always go brown and fall off. If it looks Ok from the outside it's OK

  • I have put 2 pictures on this site, One is of the tree facing south which is not as bad as the north facing side

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     No good, I put the pictures in the box and save them but then they disappear



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