To celebrate the holidays, and have live plant that can eventually add to your landscape, why not consider purchasing a living Christmas Tree for your home. There is little difference in cost compared to a cut tree and you can enjoy it long after the holidays have come to an end.
When shopping for the perfect live tree, select one that fits your needs, in size and shape. If the tree is not already in a planter or container of some sort, the root ball should be set into a sturdy bucket or container, to protect the roots and your flooring. Be careful when handling your new tree — never lift it by the stem/trunk.
Couple of things to know before bringing a living tree into the house, first of all, spray all the limbs with the water hose and then water the roots thoroughly.
Before you bring the new tree into a heated room, it should be conditioned to help lessen the shock to the plant. You can easily accomplish this by keeping it in the garage, or other unheated area, for a day or two. When you are ready to bring the tree inside, set it in a cool location, out of direct sunlight, and away from any heat sources. It is also best to avoid using heat producing lights. (Most modern holiday LED lighting is low heat producing and energy efficient.)
Watering the tree is essential. Keep it moist the entire time that the plant is kept in the home.
According to Wikipedia, “The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany (where it is today called Weihnachtsbaum or Christbaum or “Tannenbaum”) with predecessors that can be traced to the 16th and possibly 15th century, in which devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century, at first among the upper classes.
The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights after the advent of electrification. Today, there are a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garland, tinsel, and candy canes. An angel or star might be placed at the top of the tree to represent the archangel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.”