If you’re not a fan of the large plastic varieties prone to collecting dust, a potted Christmas tree offers an alternative – but how do you look after them?
If you have a loved one that has recently been converted to the national gardening craze that many of us are currently swept up in, it’s only natural that you might like to incorporate this newfound hobby into your Christmas decorations. Although the concept of a real life potted Christmas tree is still relatively new on our shores when compared to the likes of Europe or the United States, there is a certain appeal linked to how the real thing looks, smells and feels when compared to their plastic counterparts.
If you can’t bear the thought of cutting down a tree just to use as a decoration, a live potted Christmas tree or plant offers an alternative. However, our climate lives on the opposite end of the spectrum when compared to our northern neighbours, so your choice of plant needs to consider this if you want to ensure it lasts throughout the entirety of the holiday season – so what are your options?
Five Types Of Potted Christmas Tree Plants
When it comes to taking care of any type of potted Christmas tree, it’s a good idea to have your selection in a lightweight pot that’s easy to move around, along with having a saucer underneath for watering. Keeping your potted Christmas tree near a window is recommended as a means to access the all important filtered morning light, and to ensure that it stays healthy enough to be repotted to use again for next year.
While pines and European spruces are the two commonly used species for a traditional potted Christmas tree, just about any shrub can be used providing that it has enough branches to support your decorations of choice. The right choice usually boils down to the conditions of the indoor area that it will reside in, along with your own personal taste. There’s no right or wrong way to do Christmas, so modern options for a potted Christmas tree plant can include the following.
Dwarf Alberta Spruce – If you would like your potted Christmas tree to have an almost fluffy appearance, this species of evergreen conifer might just be your winner. Native to Alaska, it can grow up to four metres in the wild, but also makes for the perfect indoor option for the silly season thanks to it’s attractive grey-green foliage that tapers to a point at the top.
Olive Tree – If your home is on the minimalist, coastal or even Mediterranean side of interior design, adding an olive tree as an alternative to the usual pine varieties is a growing trend thanks to its growth habits and overall look. Try to avoid overloading it’s branches with decorations, and you’ll have a productive variety to cultivate for years to come.
Radiata Pine – Although a Radiata pine is certainly on the more traditional side of potted Christmas tree varieties, their many upward-pointing branches with long pine needles have the unique ability to bring the true scent of the season indoors. While they can reach heights of up to thirty metres, it’s a slow growing variety that offers a sustainable decoration.
Lilly Pilly – With their glossy green leaves, small maroon edible berries, colourful flowers, and new growth that features a pink flush of colour, this native often grows in a natural conical form and can be trimmed to just about any shape. Although certainly not a traditional potted Christmas tree, their natural colours of red, white and green truly embody the seasonal palette.
Pygmy Cypress Pine – For homeowners who want a traditional looking shrub but are also a fan of native varieties, this species grows in a rounded column shape with blue tinged green soft foliage. These deciduous conifers have short needles with a feathery appearance, and do well indoors over the hot summer months that our silly season is usually associated with.
Like all indoor plants, a potted Christmas tree needs special care and attention to ensure that it looks its best during the festive season. However, it’s also important to consider the types of products that you bring into your home to do so, especially if it’s shared with kids or pets – but the good news is that there is a solution.
Introducing Natural Potted Christmas Tree Care
While there is a wide range of solutions available on the market for outdoor plants and gardens, our indoor varieties can suffer due to poor soil health that stems from living in a confined space. As a unique liquid soil conditioner, Indoor Plant Booster is a plant food that’s perfect to keep your indoor and potted plants in tip top shape, including those that reside in pots, hanging baskets, and even those nestled on the verandah.
An organic, plant food like Indoor Plant Booster has the unique ability to increase your soils cation exchange capacity (CEC). This is what we refer to as the soil’s ability to hold on to the nutrients that are vital for your plant’s growth and overall health. Indoor Plant Booster is able to kickstart your plant’s CEC, as it’s packed full of nutrients like humic acids, fulvic acids and seaweed extract.
If you’re ready to give Indoor Plant Booster a try and introduce it to the flora that you share your home with, be sure to water your plants thoroughly beforehand to assist with absorption. For best results, simply pour the recommended amount directly onto the soil, around the base of the plant.
At Bioweed, we specialise in organic solutions to ensure that your garden reaches its full potential the natural way. Our range of products, such as Indoor Plant Booster, are all natural, and are providing Australians with safer products to use both in their gardens and in their homes. Based on the Sunshine Coast, our range has been embraced by people from all walks of life, and are backed with twenty years of research and industry knowledge.