How to Keep a Potted Christmas Tree Alive 

(and Plant it Afterward)

Do you like the idea of a real, living Christmas tree that you can enjoy in your home, then giving it a new life in your garden afterward?

It's easy to plant a potted Christmas tree once the holidays are over!

I'll share my best tips for taking care of a potted Christmas tree and keeping it alive and healthy until you're ready to plant after the New Year.


Acclimating your potted tree

Once you bring your living tree home, an acclimation period of about a week in a garage or other cool indoor spot helps make the transition from outdoors to indoors less hard on the plant.


Provide enough light

Your potted Christmas tree will appreciate being placed near a window. These guys need plenty of light, and although the amount they can get indoors will never be entirely adequate, at least it’ll be better for the tree than being stuck in the dark for weeks on end.


Dial down the temperature

If your home has any chilly or drafty corners, that would be great, but otherwise, just try to keep your tree away from heaters and fireplaces.


Don’t overwater

Don’t overdo it, because your tree has gone through a lot lately and its roots may be damaged from fitting them into the pot. Wet soil can lead to rot! Instead, keep the soil lightly moist.


To ensure their health and survival, potted Christmas trees should be kept indoors for no more than two weeks. These living trees can’t tolerate the warm and dry conditions of our homes for too long, and are happiest in a cool, sheltered spot outside.

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