We wrote last week:
Bring the tree in for just a few days; a week, tops.
We purchased an Alberta Dwarf Christmas tree to have inside and
then plant outside since none of the kids are coming home this year
and I need a little Christmas. Our problem is we have had the tree
in the house for exactly 1 week already and have been watering it.
It sits by a door wall window. We want to plant it outdoors right
after New Years but according to your good advice, we should have a
hole ready for it and then surround it with soil. What do we need
to do to make this tree survive this plan to transplant it after
3-4 weeks of indoor exposure? - M.C. -
Tough question. After 3-4 weeks it may be so
"awake" that it'll be budding out, and that's 'way past the stage
when it can regain its hardiness. But who knows?! Nature's amazing,
and you should enjoy your holiday decor.
So keep the tree as cold as you can and in good light. Then as
soon as you're done with it, put it into an unheated garage or a
shed, rather than outdoors. Check it every few weeks to put water,
snow or ice on the soil surface if it's dry, which you'll know if
the pot becomes very light. Plant it in spring.
Or, if you have a hole dug for it outdoors, go ahead and plant
it. Then up-end a big plastic garbage can over it, one that's at
least a few inches wider and taller than the tree. Set a cinder
block or other significant weight on the can so it won't blow
Plants are not like
people. Wrapping alone is useless.
A plant has no way to generate heat. No warm blood. No shivering
To keep a plant warm, cover it
with room to spare.
That traps a pocket of the warm air coming from the ground.
Heat escapes from the Earth all year, rising readily through lose
Or pound some stakes in all around the tree, ring those with
chicken wire, and fill that with fluffy leaves or pine needles all
around and right over the top of the tree.
Either way should trap ground-warmed air around the tree, and
could be enough to bring it through. Leave the protection there
until mid-April, since end of winter chills can be a hardy plant's