Christmas trees take a while to grow. Most of the time it will take over a decade for them to reach their full growth. Growing your own tree can be very rewarding, but it will take some time. However, it will smell better and will be greener than most purchased at a local Christmas tree vendor. Another benefit to growing your own tree is that it’s good for the wildlife, keeps the soil in more stable condition, and it can be used as mulch once the season is over.
You can start out by planting a seedling in a pot and keep it in your home for the first year of growth. 2-2 transplants are ideal for fir and spruce seedlings. You must then prepare the site for planting by getting the soil tested for heavy clay and pH levels. Firs will grow the best in well-drained soil and the pH should be between 6.5-6.8.
It’s important that you prune and shear it when the needles are about ¾-1 inch long. This is generally at the 2-3-year mark. The tree should be watered during the dry months or when there is a drought. If you notice excessive needle loss, it could be a sign of a disease or pest problem. It’s best that you properly handle the pest problem before it kills the tree or enters your home once the tree is harvested.
Within six to nine years, your tree will be ready to harvest. You should cut it down in the fall when it is full of moisture and put it in a container with water as soon as you cut it. You will have a beautiful, full Christmas tree if you properly maintain your tree.
There is a wide variety of sizes for Christmas trees, which should be taken into consideration while you are growing your tree. If you want a tabletop tree, under six feet is ideal. For small homes and apartments, grow your tree to around 6-6 ½ feet. 7-½ foot trees are the most popular and are best for ceilings 8-10 feet high. If you have a large home with high ceilings, opt for a 10-12 foot tree.
There are also a lot of different kinds of trees you can choose from including, but not limited to;
- Fraser Fir
- Douglas Fir
- Balsam Fir
- White Pine
- Grand Fir
The douglas fir and the pine tree are generally the most popular, but it depends how well each one will grow where you live.