Tips to Maintain Christmas Trees and Holiday Arrangements

Tips to Maintain Christmas Trees and Holiday Arrangements

 

Christmas is when we love to decorate our homes indoors and out with lights and ornaments, Christmas trees (fake, real and potted), poinsettias and other plant arrangements, wreaths, cedar garlands, and outdoor evergreen arrangements. The fake or man-made items require little to know care except to change light bulbs now and then, once decorated and put in place.

 

However, everything else requires ongoing care to keep the needles from dropping and plants from dying. Here are some tips to look after the popular items used in homes and outside.

 

Live Christmas cut trees are relying on water and nutrition to keep them green and vibrant indoors. Normally they are growing outside with roots below to uptake water and nutrients, though in winter they are dormant. However, when brought indoors they are forced to stay awake, fragrant and supple for the holidays and also will be less prone to fires from dry needles with the proper care. Always re-cut the stem before placing the tree in the container as it has a better ability to absorb the water mixture.

 

Tips to Maintain Christmas Trees and Holiday Arrangements

 

There are various mixtures used to feed trees from mixing seven up or sprite with water, or sugar or corn syrup, cut trees require something to keep them fed and happy. Potted trees will be temporary inside the home and afterwards put outside to return to a state of dormancy and to protect them from drying out indoors. Keep the soil watered inside and just before putting outdoors after Christmas. It's best to place them somewhere less exposed to harsh winter weather and cover the pot with snow to provide insulation to the roots. 

 

Poinsettias need to be kept at a temperature above 15 degrees Celsius and in bright sunny locations as they are tropical that grow big as shrubs in Mexico! When they are dry to touch water them, however, don’t let them sit in a tray of water. If the leaves turn bright yellow it's too much water. Drain any excess and let dry out and remove yellow leaves.

 

Tips to Maintain Christmas Trees and Holiday Arrangements

 

Overwatering is a common problem that usually shortens the life of indoor plants so is best to give them time to breathe at the root level between watering. However, there is an exception which is Lemon Cypress a new favourite especially for the popular Grinch trees, they do not like to dry out. If they do, expect a rapid decline. These cannot be put outside in the cold, however, with care, they can survive to be planted outdoors when the weather is warm enough. 

 

Outdoor wreaths and garlands can be misted with water especially if there is wind drying them out. Evergreen arrangements should only be watered if the weather warms up and soil thaws; otherwise they will stay frozen until spring when they are taken apart and discarded.

 

Tips to Maintain Christmas Trees and Holiday Arrangements

 

Bylands now provides an array of Christmas items to garden centres for purchase to use in and outside your homes. We hope they add to the beauty and peace of the season and wish everyone a happy holiday season!

 

For more ideas ask your local garden center professionals and make sure you follow us on FacebookTwitter,YouTubeInstagram and Pinterest for other tips and hints.

 Guest post by Darlene - Bylands Account Representative

I grew up on a farm near Lloydminster and also grew up learning to garden. For some reason pulling weeds from around vegetables and flowers was a source of solace and accomplishment. I was a single mom by the time I attended Olds College to pursue a career in Horticulture and Floriculture. Nature and hands on work, including at Bylands, has been the best school for learning ever since.  Love to travel and always want to live a healthier lifestyle. Plants, people and Nature continue to play a big role in that. I love attending Oilers games with my nephew.