We’re excitedly preparing for our first Christmas in our new home and with that comes many new decisions. We have a quaint little living room that doesn’t seem to have a prime “Christmas Tree Spot.” It’s thrown me for a loop. We’re lovers of real trees and can’t bear to purchase something fake; yet at the same time, we hate the thought of chopping down a beautiful tree for a few short weeks. Did you know, it takes almost 10 years for the average tree to reach maturity! There are many pros and cons to the environmental impacts Christmas Trees have on the world (it’s fascinating really), but with all of this in mind we’ve decided to opt for a potted, living tree 🙂 I am very excited about it. Our family has a cabin located in the mountains just east of San Diego and now we’ll be able to plant our tree there each year.
In doing research on the best places to purchase potted Christmas trees, I was pleasantly surprised to find there are so many options! There are so many companies out there that will deliver these trees right to your door. You can even rent one for the season. Lucky for us, the Christmas tree farm down the street that is locally owned sells both precut and potted versions. I will say potted trees are a bit pricier than the precut versions, but it’s worth the extra dough to give back to the environment.
Close to 400 million trees now grow on Christmas tree farms in the United States, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. About 30 million trees are harvested annually! The living trees generate oxygen, help fix carbon in their branches and in the soil and provide habitat for birds and animals. Christmas tree farms also help preserve farmland and green space. .. all this and you thought you were just upholding a simple family tradition 😉
After doing some research I found a great resource from Inhabitat on how to choose and care for a live tree. Live trees should be treated with a bit more tenderness than a typical cut tree, because you want to make sure that it survives when it’s replanted. But you don’t need to have a green thumb to keep it alive. Just make sure it gets enough water (but not too much), and don’t leave it indoors too long. The longer you leave a tree inside the more acclimated it will become to the warm temperature. If you keep it indoors too long, it might not be hearty enough to plant outside. It’s best to keep the room that the tree is in as cool as possible, and if possible, use small LED lights and minimal ornaments so that you don’t put too much added stress on the tree. If you plan on planting your tree make sure that it will survive in your climate once it’s put in the ground.
And now for the decorating decisions…. I’ve collected a sampling of potted trees to start the design process for our living room. Which one of these looks is your favorite?
I love the tin pot this tree is in. And stockings on a tree!?! love it 🙂 (pssst, this post gave me the idea for our miniature Christmas stocking ornaments in our shop! )
This is the perfect size! And just about how much room we’ll have for ours