Live Conifers Instead Of A Christmas Tree. Room Care. Photo

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Live Conifers Instead Of A Christmas Tree. Room Care. Photo
Live Conifers Instead Of A Christmas Tree. Room Care. Photo

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New Years is soon! The counters of our stores are already filled with New Year's trees, pines, junipers and other conifers in containers. Sellers can assure you that the coniferous plant in a pot purchased from them will happily celebrate the New Year with you for many years in a row. But, to put it mildly, they exaggerate. In this article I will share my experience of growing spruce in the garden, which once "worked" the role of a New Year tree in my apartment. I will also tell you how to choose the right live plants, including conifers, as a New Year tree.

Live conifers instead of a Christmas tree
Live conifers instead of a Christmas tree


  • Choosing a coniferous plant for the "role" of the New Year tree
  • Preparing a Christmas tree in a container for the holiday
  • Caring for the Christmas tree in a container after the holiday
  • Planting container New Year trees in open ground
  • How I celebrated the New Year with the Canadian Christmas tree "Konica"
  • Araucaria and cypress, as an alternative to conifers for the New Year

Choosing a coniferous plant for the "role" of the New Year tree

Traditional conifers - pines, spruces, thuja, firs and many others, indeed, can be purchased for the New Year's holiday. But until the next New Year, they can only survive as a garden plant. I will tell you later how and when to plant a New Year tree in open ground, but for now - how to choose a New Year tree from a huge variety of conifers in containers.

There is no need to strive to buy the largest coniferous plant - a small one will more easily transfer a transplant to the garden and acclimatize, and it will be easier to care for it until spring.

When buying, you need to pay attention to the condition of the needles - there should be no dried or rusty areas on the plant.

The main signs of a healthy plant:

  • clean needles;
  • barrel without potholes, build-ups and resin drips;
  • container without deformations and cracks.

Where to buy?

The place of purchase is very important in this matter. You should not buy a seedling from street vendors, whom you see in this place for the first time in your life. After all, some "businessmen" dig out seedlings from open ground in late autumn, place them in containers and sell them for the New Year. With a high probability, such a spruce-pine-thuja will live about as long as sawn ones. Therefore, you need to buy a seedling in a container either in specialized stores or in nurseries.

Supermarkets that constantly sell seasonal and indoor plants are most likely to be trusted, especially if you have bought flowers or seedlings from them before and the experience was good.

You need to buy a coniferous plant seedling in a container either in specialized stores or in nurseries
You need to buy a coniferous plant seedling in a container either in specialized stores or in nurseries

Preparing a Christmas tree in a container for the holiday

The purchased plant must be transplanted immediately, since the seedlings are sold on sale in soft transport containers that are not suitable for growing. The soil in which the seedlings are located, especially those brought from Europe, can only conditionally be called soil, rather it is a special substrate in which the plant should not be for a long time. It is better to buy a soil special for conifers or universal.

We carry out the transplant by the transshipment method, without disturbing the earthen coma - this is very important for any transplantation of coniferous trees, and especially in autumn and winter, that is, during the dormant period.

At the bottom of the pot, be sure to lay the drainage (about ¼ part of the volume). It can be expanded clay, coal, gravel, pebbles or broken brick - it doesn't matter. The main thing is that water does not stagnate at the bottom of the pot.

You do not need to apply any fertilizers - the new soil contains all the necessary trace elements, and their increased doses can only harm the plant at this time. The first feeding can be done in March, using a special fertilizer for conifers.

We spray the transplanted plant, put it away from the battery, dress it up (do not overdo it, it is still alive) and … we celebrate the New Year!

Caring for the Christmas tree in a container after the holiday

As soon as the New Year fireworks have died down (no need to wait for the Old New Year !!!), we remove all the decorations from the pine-tree-thuja. If necessary, water and place in the coldest place in the apartment.

Air humidity and irrigation

This does not mean that you need to water the plant constantly - we water as the top layer dries. It is impossible to say how many times a week you need to do this - it all depends on the size and material of the pot, and the temperature and humidity of the air.

You can put a container of water next to the plant or place the pot on a pallet of pebbles, but, in any case, daily spraying will be required. Water for irrigation and spraying needs soft and settled water. That, in fact, is the whole care. Nothing else is needed except a low temperature.

A purchased coniferous plant as a New Year tree must be transplanted immediately
A purchased coniferous plant as a New Year tree must be transplanted immediately

Air temperature

In winter, coniferous plants need to lower the temperature within the range from 0 o to +7 o C. Lighting at this time should be quite bright, therefore, it would seem, favorable conditions can be created on a glazed insulated loggia or veranda. Probably, yes, but provided that during the day this room will not be very warm from the sun, since the daily sudden temperature drops will not benefit the plant.

The root system in the container can freeze if the temperature is below zero, so you need to think about insulating the container itself. In addition, a constant supply of fresh air is required. Here is the catch - if you open the window, it will be cold, if you do not open it, deprive the plant of fresh air.

So the year-round cultivation of conifers in indoor conditions is more suitable for residents with a mild, closer to warm climate - it is easier to create suitable winter conditions there. For them and all those who, in spite of everything, decided to grow in an apartment, let us clarify that a coniferous plant in a tub should always be turned to the sun with one side, and the soil, even in winter, should not dry out.

In the summer, if there is such an opportunity, it is better to take the ephedra into the garden, in a place protected from the wind and midday sun.

Planting container New Year trees in open ground

I deliberately do not write - to the garden, because not everyone has gardens and summer cottages, but whoever has them, perhaps they have long been completely planted with other crops. But each of us has a courtyard, parks and squares nearby.

So, if you have tried and ensured that minimum for creating winter conditions, most likely your Christmas trees, pine trees, thuja have survived until spring. As soon as the snow melts and the earth dries out a little, choose a suitable place and dig a hole. Conifers do not like full shade, but the hot sun will not suit them. It is best to plant the seedling so that it is in the sun for part of the day, and shaded the rest of the time.

It is better to dig a hole 3-4 weeks before planting so that the earth settles a little. We will definitely lay drainage at the bottom so that during prolonged rains or spring melting of snow, the water under the roots does not stagnate. If there is an opportunity to bring at least a bucket of earth from a coniferous forest - great, no - it's also not fatal.

For better adaptation, you need to try to maintain the orientation of the seedling. To do this, at home, you can tie any lace to a branch located, for example, on the northern side of the plant and, planting it in a hole, turn the plant so that the marked branch faces north.

For planting a coniferous seedling, it is advisable to choose a warm, cloudy day or evening. The threat of recurrent frosts should be avoided, since our plant is indoor, not hardened.

Planting stages:

  • We take out the seedling from the pot, without disturbing the earthen coma, and set it in the hole so that after planting it is not buried.
  • Sprinkle with earth on all sides and lightly crush.
  • We form a near-trunk circle.
  • Watering.
  • We mulch the soil around the seedling with bark, sawdust, coniferous litter or peat.
Thuja in a container, decorated for the New Year
Thuja in a container, decorated for the New Year

Care after planting and in the early years

Container conifers easily tolerate transplanting and take root well. For greater reliability, after transplanting, you can spray the plant with Zircon or Epin-extra preparations. These funds increase the immunity and vitality of seedlings.

In the first two to three years, young conifers will need to be watered, especially in dry times. In the future, they will build up a sufficient root system and will be able to get their own water. A month after planting, you can feed the seedling for the first time using fertilizer for conifers.

You should not buy ordinary universal mineral fertilizers, since they are created mainly for deciduous crops and their concentration for conifers can be destructive.

Until mid-summer, nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium mineral fertilizers for conifers are ideal for fertilizing. Their composition is additionally enriched with magnesium, sulfur, iron and boron. All these elements help the plant cope with stress, grow well and resist disease and pests.

Starting from August, we exclude nitrogen from fertilizing. This element stimulates the growth of branches, so it can be used only in the first half of summer. Then the seedlings begin to prepare for winter, and they no longer need growth at this time.

In the early years, young seedlings may need shelter for the winter, especially if you live in an area with harsh or unpredictable winters.

How I celebrated the New Year with the Canadian Christmas tree "Konica"

I would like to mention separately the Canadian Christmas trees "Konica" as a New Year tree. These small slowly growing decorative trees (they are small in nature) are more often than others and in large quantities purchased by shops before the New Year holidays. They are very inexpensive and people are happy to buy them. In much the same way as buying a beautiful bouquet - no matter how long it will stand. Meanwhile, "Konika" perfectly takes root in our gardens and survives even in severe winters! The only question is how to keep the tree until spring?

I'll tell you about my experience, since my three Canadian "Koniks" have been living and well with me for the fourth year already. I bought one before the New Year, fluffy and beautiful - about 25 cm high. The other two - in the same store, but after the holidays, on sale, that is, almost for nothing. And they were in a deplorable state. Only the tops of the heads remained alive - the lower branches were partially still green, but some of the needles had already dried up.

Immediately after the holiday, I transplanted all three of them into normal soil and put them on a cold windowsill, away from the battery. I rarely watered - as the top layer dries up, but I sprayed it very often. The spray bottle with water was right there, and every time I passed by, I sprayed the Christmas trees. In order not to flood the window glass with water, I substituted a sheet of thick paper.

So we survived until spring. As soon as the snow melted and it was possible to dig the ground, I chose a place in the garden, relatively shaded, and planted all the conifers in a row.

"Konika" are slowly growing miniature spruces, so one should not expect rapid growth from them. Annual growth is no more than 5 cm. This is approximately how we add. I must say a little about natural conditions. I live in the South Urals - this is, who does not know, virgin lands with a sharply continental climate. When the summer without rain with winds and temperatures 40 to C in the shade - a common occurrence, and winter storms and frosts occur to -40 on the S.

Last year, for example, the maximum was -30 on C, but there was no snow, just bare earth. All my Christmas trees survived, although I covered them literally in two layers with a thin spunbond, mulching the ground with pine litter. Withstood both spring flooding and summer dry winds.

True, they are planted so that the sun does not fall on them during the day. Yes, I also transplanted them from one place to another, since in the very first spring they were flooded to the very top. In the summer, in the heat, she watered and sprayed them every other day, like other conifers. Are growing. The two who were frozen caught up with the healthy one, overgrown with new needles and now it is impossible to tell which one is.

My Christmas tree "Konika" has successfully taken root in the garden
My Christmas tree "Konika" has successfully taken root in the garden

Araucaria and cypress, as an alternative to conifers for the New Year

If you don't want to mess with conifers in containers for the New Year, but a sawed-down or plastic tree is not your option, in indoor plant growing there is an excellent alternative to ordinary spruces, firs, cedars and pines. For home maintenance, araucaria or cypress in a container is quite suitable.

Even small ones, they will perfectly cope with the role of a New Year tree, and today it is not a problem to choose decorations in size. True, they also need to lower the temperature for winter dormancy, but creating conditions in the room for these southern plants is much easier.

In summer, araucaria and cypress are grown at a temperature of + 17 … + 22 o C, in winter - + 13 … + 15 o C. Dry air is the main enemy of any conifers, therefore, spraying is needed in both winter and summer. If the air in the room is very dry, you can put the pot in a tray with water, after pouring large pebbles into it. We install the container so that the bottom does not touch the water.

A humidifier can be of great help in this difficult task. For the winter, we remove the conifers away from heating appliances, on the cool part of the windowsill. Good lighting is needed at any time of the year, given that direct sunlight is not desirable, as it can burn the needles.

Dear Readers! As you can see, for a great New Year's Eve it is not at all necessary to chop up spruce. Rather, on the contrary - this wonderful holiday can give life - to a pine tree, a Christmas tree or a juniper, it doesn't matter. Another thing is important - the understanding that it is not difficult to do this. And let it be better to associate the New Year with the appearance of a new plant in the house or garden.

And one moment. New Year is a children's holiday, and it will be just wonderful if children take a direct part in nursing and planting a New Year tree. After all, all habits are formed in our childhood, so let them be good habits. And if you don't have your own kids, you can attract neighbors who gladly respond to such events. They will help to water in the future and look after the seedling.

Happy New Year!