Our first attempt at keeping a live Christmas tree live was a dismal failure, for two main reasons. One, we didn't take it down until April or some other such long time. Two, I misunderstood the instructions about misting the tree. What you are supposed to do is mist the branches to keep them hydrated. However, I thought you were supposed to mist the rootball. So this poor tree never had enough water from the start.
The next year, we ordered a "live" tree over the internet, but it came to us chopped off. Yes, I'm sure it was alive right before they cut it down, but we considered it to be false advertising...

Last year, we decided to try again. We bought it the week before Christmas, kept the branches misted before we put on the electric lights, and kept the root ball well watered. It actually only stayed indoors for a week, we had to take everything down on Christmas day because of our travel plans. We put it outside and hoped it would go dormant like it was supposed to.

Here we are, spring has sprung. Several weeks ago, I decided it was warm enough that we needed to start watering it again. Praise God, it is definitely alive! There is fresh new green growth at the tips. Now we just need to get it planted in our friends' yard.
Posted by Heather Daley on May 4, 2006, 2:32 pm | Read 9395 times
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Hooray! I'm glad to hear it. You needed some positive reinforcement after all that trouble. :)
Posted by SursumCorda on May 5, 2006, 8:09 am
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