Consider a living tree to decorate this holiday season — Colorado and Alberta spruce are two great traditional choices. If you want to be daring here are some fun alternatives:
- Citrus already decorated with fruit, Japanese maples or Strawberry Tree, whose branches already have red and orange hanging “ornaments”
- A holly plant
- A blooming Yuletide camellia whose bright red single flowers may well be decoration enough, or
- A fruiting olive
- Spiral clipped Boxwood
- Bay Laurel makes a beautiful container plant.
They can be trained to form a small tree, cone, or remain as a bush.
All of these possibilities would make great landscape plants at the season’s end. If there’s no room in your garden, consider a bonsai plant, or how about donating your plant to the garden of a local school, park or church? What a great way to green our communities.
Here are some helpful hints to keep your living Christmas tree healthy and happy.
This is a hard one-try to minimize its indoor time. A week to ten days is a good maximum to be in the house. Choose a well-lit area away from the heat of a fireplace or furnace. Protect the floor with a cork trivet topped with a large saucer to catch the watering water. In between deep waterings water your plant with ice cubes that slowly melt (helpful hint: use a turkey baster to relieve excess water from the saucer after the plant has had an hour or so to reabsorb it).
Decorate with small lights and light-weight ornaments.