Living Christmas Tree Care


Wanting to switch to a new tradition a living Christmas tree is a great way you enjoy a tree in your home for the season and be able to add it to your landscape in the Spring! A living Christmas tree does require a little extra care but following a few guidelines will  help ensure the health of your tree.


Your tree can only be in your house for a maximum of one week. They will need to be transitioned into the house and a transition back outside. While it is outside, you can wrap miniature lights around the tree for decoration!


Before you bring it in:

  • Water thoroughly before placing the tree inside your home, and check the soil regularly for dryness. It is important to keep the roots moist because it is still living.

  • To prevent drooping, spray the tree with an anti-transpirant (such as Wilt-Stop) before bringing the tree inside to prevent excessive drying of the needles.

  • If outside temperatures are freezing, your tree will need to have a period of adjustment before entering, and then again before leaving, the warm temperature of your home. To help the plant acclimate, place the tree in a garage or protected area for two days where the temperatures are above freezing, yet cool.


While it is inside the house:

  • Avoid high room temperatures or placement near any heat source.

  • If you are using lights on the tree, use only miniature lights

  • Decorate as usual with ribbon, ornaments, etc.


After Christmas care:

  • After being inside, your tree will need to re-adjust to outside temperatures. Place the tree in a garage or protected area for two days where the temperatures are above freezing, yet cool. If freezing weather persists, the tree should be kept in the garage no longer than one week prior to restoring outdoors.



  • You are able to plant the tree as soon as the ground is pliable enough for digging! Alternatively, a hole may be dug in the fall before the ground freezes. Enough soil should be stored in a location where it wont freeze so it can be used during the time of planting.

  • Prepare for planting by checking the soil. If it is poor in structure (i.e.,clay, or hardpan soils), add organic material and fertilizer throughout the soil area, not just in the planting hole. Suggestions for organizing material amendments include compost, steer manure, peat moss or lead mold. 

  • Dig the hole as deep as the tree’s root ball. In poor soil, dig slightly deeper and firm down the back fill.