Consider buying a potted evergreen this year to enjoy all year round.

December 02, 2019

A full-size Christmas tree may make a big impression in your home, but don't underestimate little ones. Miniature potted evergreens, arranged along a hallway or by the fireplace, add a lovely—and living—touch to your home and holiday décor. Rotate them throughout the season so that they get sufficient light. And after the holidays, replant them outdoors.

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While you cannot replant a cut tree, consider buying a potted evergreen this year to enjoy all year round. Kate Karam of Monrovia—a longtime plant purveyor in Azusa, California—shares tips for facilitating the transition from indoor holiday decoration to outdoor tree.

Related: Five Reasons to Buy a Christmas Tree from Your Local Farm or Garden Center

Buy the potted tree a couple of weeks before you want to bring it inside, and place it in a garage or shed. This way, it can acclimate to the temperature. Mist the branches and trunk once or twice a day, and water the root ball as needed. Choose a location in your house that is cool and light but not too bright. Keep the tree away from heat sources like vents and fireplaces. And don't keep it inside for more than seven to ten days.

Return the tree to the garage for four to seven days to readjust it to the cold. Then, transfer it outside to a location protected from wind on the sunny side of the house. If the ground is frozen, keep the tree in its container until spring. Otherwise, remove the tree from its pot and plant it in a hole as deep as the root ball and two to three times wider, with a mulch mix. The tree should stay dormant through the winter, so keep it moist, but don't fertilize until spring.

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