Care for your liv­ing Christ­mas tree

Gardening Australia - - YOUR PLANNER -

Once the fes­tiv­i­ties are over, a bit of

TLC will en­sure your pot­ted Christ­mas tree is still alive next year. Ini­tially, move the tree out­side into a shady spot, then grad­u­ally re-ac­cli­ma­tise it to more sun over com­ing weeks. Re-pot the tree, if needed. Give the plant a post-Christ­mas treat by ap­ply­ing some slow-re­lease fer­tiliser, liq­uid seaweed and soil wet­ter. Trim lightly if re­quired, but avoid cut­ting back into bare wood. Wa­ter when­ever the mix starts to dry out, and turn the pot ev­ery cou­ple of weeks so that the plant gets light on all sides.

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