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Christmas tree

Question: Christmas tree

I would like to know what I have to do to survive a beautiful Christmas fir planted in a not very large vase. Those who sold it said that it is difficult to grow as a breeder. The tree is in a garden in a town in the Cimini mountains about 350 meters high. Should I put it in a larger pot, fertilize the earth, keep it in the shade or in the sun? I look forward to your kind reply.
Best regards Giorgio Pallesi

Christmas tree: Answer: Christmas tree

Dear Giorgio,
the fact that the tree is farmed does not mean it cannot survive. Rather. It is rather to see if when you bought it had a nice root or if it was bare-rooted. It is clear that if the first one were true your tree would have many more chances to survive. Also keep in mind that the larger the tree, the more the root system needs to be developed. So as a rule, with the same roots, it has much more chance of surviving a tree of small dimensions. If the tree had few roots it is likely that it does not survive. In any case, here are some suggestions:
A) If you have a garden where to plant it plant it when the soil is not frozen possibly in a not too sunny area. When choosing the area where to plant it, remember that the fir can reach 20 meters in height and over and 10 in width. Here's how to proceed:
1) prepare a deep hole once and a half the height of the plate;
2) place draining material on the bottom (eg gravel, pumice stone, ...) over which you lay a layer of sand (about 5 cm);
3) prepare a soil composed of half sand and half of earth;
4) place the plant in the hole and fill with the soil, making sure that the earth penetrates well to the bottom;
5) tread the earth with the foot and wet the soil well;
6) remember to wet the plant once every fortnight and in summer once a week until the plant is well rooted.
B) If, on the other hand, you do not have a garden or prefer to keep the plant in a pot, it is better to repot your fir tree in a larger pot, using a soil composed half of earth and half sand.
It is not necessary to fertilize the earth, at least as long as the plant does not take root.