Caring for Your Live Potted/B&B Christmas Trees

Christmas trees don't only have to be enjoyed once a year. Here are some helpful tips for planting your potted or B&B tree after the holiday

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Plant your potted or B&B Christmas tree and enjoy it year-round

If you’re planning on keeping your Live Potted/B&B Christmas trees beyond the holidays, here are a few helpful hints

My favourite thing about buying potted/balled and burlapped (B&B) trees is that you can plant the tree inyour yard after Christmas and enjoy it for years to come.

Here are some guidelines for best success.

Live Potted/B&B Christmas Tree Tips

  • Determine where in your yard you want to plant the tree.
  • For B&Bs, make sure the root ball is intact and securely bound before buying.
  • Carry the tree by root ball/pot only.
  • Water the root ball or pot as soon as you get it home and allow excess water to drain away.
  • Wrap pot/root ball with plastic to protect floors.
  • Keep pot/root ball moist, but not wet (cool water).
  • Keep the tree away from heat sources and, if possible, place it near a window.
  • Choose lights that give off less heat.
  • The maximum time the tree can be kept indoors is 10 days, but try and remove it sooner than that.
  • Soon after Christmas, dig a hole in the yard and place the potted or B&B tree in, then cover with soil.
  • In early spring, prepare planting site and plant tree in your planned location.