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Grow<br />

your own<br />

The Royal Horticultural Society offers some<br />

expert advice for anyone looking to grow or<br />

maintain a pot-grown tree to enjoy year after<br />

year:<br />

Christmas trees can be grown from seed<br />

or cuttings - both semi-ripe and hardwood,<br />

but are usually bought as full size trees for<br />

displaying indoors.<br />

To reduce stress and damage to living trees,<br />

display them in a cool room.<br />

Bring trees indoors as late as possible – the<br />

weekend before Christmas is ideal.<br />

Do not keep living trees in the house any<br />

longer than 12 days, but be guided by the<br />

tree. If it looks unhappy, put it back outside.<br />

Either plant the tree out in the garden after<br />

Christmas or, if you want to bring it indoors<br />

again next year, grow it on in a container,<br />

moving it into a bigger pot annually until you<br />

reach the maximum size that can be moved<br />

comfortably (about 45cm or 18in diameter<br />

and depth). Soil-based John Innes No 2<br />

potting media is ideal.<br />

Christmas trees planted in pots will be limited<br />

in their size by the constraints of the pot.<br />

But if planted out in the garden, Christmas<br />

trees can get very large, reaching a height<br />

of about 15-20m (50-65ft) in 20 years, and<br />

possible eventual heights of about 40m<br />

(130ft). The smallest growing Christmas trees<br />

are probably Fraser firs, which reach about<br />

7m (23ft) after 20 years, attaining an eventual<br />

height of about 20m (65ft), and Korean firs,<br />

which reach 4m (13ft) in 20 years and an<br />

eventual height of 10m (33ft).<br />

Remember to ask your supplier where the<br />

trees come from, and to choose a locally<br />

sourced and grown tree, or one that has<br />

at least been grown in the UK rather than<br />

abroad.<br />

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