How to Choose, Keep, and Grow the Perfect Christmas Tree


Ricardo ElisiárioJingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. All the way to the most awaited time of the year, which is here at last! And one of the most essential parts of it, our beloved Christmas trees, have always been the showstoppers down memory lane — especially when they’re kept in fabulous shape and brimming with ribbons and lights.


How to Take Proper Care of Your Christmas Tree

  • These supermodel trees are great attention seekers. You should choose one that suits your environment type and climate. Also, if you’re a busy elf, go for a tree that requires the amount of care and attention you can dedicate to it.
  • Strive the hardest for a vigorous-looking sapling (or a freshly cut tree if that’s more your thing) because the ones available at the nurseries are often ill cared or chopped way before we can imagine.
  • If you want to replant your tree but can’t right now, you may sit it in water for 3-4 days and then put it in its owed spot.
  • Trees are fond of the warmth of the sun, so they don’t appreciate being indoors for too long — where the air is artificially heated and drier — especially in Winters when it’s so gloomy throughout the short length of each day.
  • The ground doesn’t need much prepping up. What you want is a good spot with good soil that isn’t too clayey. A well-drained terrain or potting mix will be perfect for your tree.
  • Do take care of the way you plant the tree. It should sit at the same depth at which it was in the nursery pot, to avoid leaving roots exposed or spoiling the young trunk by choking it with damp soil.
  • Allow the seedling to be started in a pot, especially if you aim to have your tree stay indoors. Transplanting will be easy to perform during Spring.

Now that you know the basics of Christmas tree planting and maintenance, let’s see which kinds of trees you’d rather be choosing according to your requirements, the climate you live in and your house’s ambient conditions.


These are the most common, whether you live in the Meditteranean or deeper within the continent. Pines can withstand a wide array of weathers. It’s as if the harsher it gets, the more they like it, or at least because they survive where many other species do not, that really makes them stand out.

Their foliage is coarse, thin and straight like you’re used to seeing and their bark quite smooth until they age. But by the time they do, you cannot have them inside your living room anymore.

Be sure to water them as necessary if their pot is tiny for their roots and the air too warm and dry. Now, if you choose to get a pine tree that’s cut and slowly dying, then these cares aren’t necessary, of course, but that alternative isn’t the one we’re discussing now — we want the trees to live!

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