The final weekend before
Christmas is upon us: this is the time to put your living Christmas tree in the
house. We strongly recommend only keeping your living tree indoors 7 days
maximum; to do so longer risks the tree breaking dormancy. That is not a good
thing for a tree that still has the entire winter to go through.
A bit of confusion exists between the terminologies of Christmas trees. A live tree is a cut tree. A living tree is a tree with a root ball that can be planted after Christmas. Here are a few pointers to give your living tree the best opportunity of survival.
Locate your tree in the coolest part of the room, or better yet, the coolest room, close heating ducts and doors to keep room as cool as possible.
Place the tree in a large plastic saucer or tub to hold container.
Water your tree as often as necessary to keep the roots moist, but not soggy. Use of ice for watering is excellent; it keeps roots moist and the tree dormant. This should be checked daily; trees dry quickly in a warm house.
Leave inside no longer than 7 days; by keeping the room where the tree is located extra cool, it greatly increases survival by reducing the drying effects of heat and possibility of breaking dormancy.
Gradually acclimate your living tree from inside to outside for a few days in the garage or enclosed porch if the nighttime temperature is below 25 degrees.
One more tip: Dig the hole where tree is to be planted now and put dirt in a wheelbarrow or cover with tarp to keep dry. (It may be wet or freezing when it comes time to plant)
We still have a great selection of Living Christmas trees, all marked 25-50% off. Additionally, we are now offering all cut greens; wreathes and garland, at 50% off. All of our florist quality poinsettias are now 50% off.
Possibly the best gift of all is a Bates Gift Card. Buy any Bates Gift card in $100 increments and receive an additional $25 gift certificate. The gift card makes a great stocking stuffer for the gardener in your life, and you can keep the $25 gift certificate for yourself or you can effectively pre-purchase your own discount for next year!
You will be spending time with your families over the holidays, as will we. Our business hours for Christmas week are: Monday to Wednesday 8am to 4:30pm, Thursday, Christmas Eve, 8am to Noon. We will be closed Christmas Day, December 25. 2009 through Sunday December 27th. By the way, we will be following the same closing pattern New Year’s weekend, closing at Noon on New Year’s Eve and remaining closed through the weekend.
We wish you a wonderful holiday season!