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Pot Grown Christmas Trees

This is an ideal time of year to purchase your pot grown christmas tree if you’re intending to plant it out in the garden.   While there’s still a little warmth in the ground it will give the tree time to get established before the colder weather arrives.

Pot grown christmas trees have so many uses – especially for children.   Buying a smaller pot grown tree can give children a small christmas tree to decorate in their own way, and call their own – they can even make their own decorations, which will keep them busy in the run up to the Festive Season.

Pot grown christmas trees are also ideal to use as table decorations, in offices and are great for the small houses, where space is limited.

This year we have a wonderful selection of Fraser Fir and Norway Spruce christmas trees that have been grown in pots all their lives.   The Fraser Fir has a lovely soft needle and even most of them have a perfume, making that little bit special.

 

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Web site updated and ready to go

At last the web site has most of the prices on it and most of the products can now be purchased.   We will begin to send out pot grown trees from Tuesday, 25th September, and I have some lovely ones available this year, especially the Fraser Fir.   The only thing that I’ve not completed on the web site are the wreaths, because we are still working on the designs of them.   This we hope to have completed soon and will take photos of them and get them online hopefully by early October.   Last year the ‘Limited Edition’ Wreaths were a great success and we will be doing them again, with a few colour changes.

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Summer Work on Christmas Trees

Mid summer, and we are very busy here at Glaisters Farm getting Christmas trees ready for the Festive Season.   Despite the unseasonally bad weather our guys are out every day working on the Christmas trees.   Just now we are making sure that every tree has a straight leader, the branch where the fairy goes.   If the leader is growing squint then we put a cane on the tree to pull the leader straight – who would like a Christmas tree with a crooked leader.
Xmas trees are not enjoying all the rain that we are getting and are very slow to grow this year – the growth rate must be at least 2 – 3 weeks behind normal.
One good day yesterday – hopefully we might get a few more of those!!

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Will You Recycle Your Christmas Tree This Year?

Buying a real Christmas tree each year is one positive approach to having a green Christmas. Real Christmas trees spend up to ten years in the ground working as CO2 clearing houses. Artificial trees are often made using plastics which are petroleum-based products. Even in landfills, Christmas trees break down fairly quickly while artificial trees can take decades (or longer) to break down. However, while buying a real Christmas tree does help the environment, recycling your Christmas tree adds the finishing touch.

There are several ways to recycle a Christmas tree. Most councils now have drop off points where you can leave your Christmas tree once you have finished with it. Some councils are going that little extra and offering pick up services. Councils chip these old trees and use the wood chips as mulch on gardens – or sell it to gardeners to use in their gardens. As a mulch, wood chip slowly breaks down adding nutrients back into the soil. In the process, mulches become habitats for a wide range of insects and organisms, all beneficial to gardens.

You can also recycle your Christmas tree yourself. If you have your own garden mulcher, then cut the tree down to suitable sizes before mulching. If you don’t have a mulcher, you can cut the tree up into much smaller pieces and add them to your compost piles. The trunks will take a long time to break down, but they will eventually break down. You can also cut the trunk up, dry it, then use it as fuel in your open fire – just make sure it has dried out thoroughly first as green wood does tend to create a lot of smoke.

By recycling your Christmas tree, you are finishing a cycle that starts with a tiny seed. Rather than adding to our burgeoning land fill this year, recycle that Christmas tree – it’s a fitting end to a tree that’s delivered so much pleasure over the Christmas period.

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Decorating Your Christmas Tree With Live Flowers

If you have taken the effort to obtain a live cut Christmas tree, have you considered using real flowers to decorate your tree. There are number of ways to achieve this, and while we may be heading into winter, there are still a lot of flowering plants to choose from. If you have some early flowering Christmas (or Winter) Box, you can use several small sprays to liven up your Christmas tree – the perfume from the Box creates a great atmosphere.

Bright coloured Camellias add a big splash of colour if used judiciously while the yellow flowers of Winter Jasmine really stand out against the darker green foliage of your Christmas tree. The Christmas Rose is another that flowers well in winter, and it too looks great scattered throughout a tree. The downside to using cut flowers is that they do tend to wilt within days, so you do need a steady supply. There is an alternative.

One flower that I have seen used to great effect is the Winter Flowering Pansy and Violas. These are available in a range of colours with the Pansy flowers growing to more than three inches in diameter. The Violas are much smaller, but none the less effective. If you can find the smaller flowering Pansies then consider them, they are easier to use and easier to keep alive. So how do you keep them alive?

You can find finger pots in your local nursery. These are small thin pots, no wider than an inch, yet perfect for a single Pansy or Viola. Transfer your flowering plant into a finger pot, then carefully attach the pots to the stronger branches of your Christmas tree. You’ll be surprised at how light these potted plants are, and how far out you can attach them. If you don’t like the site of the pot hanging on your tree, cover them in a matching material – better yet, use cellophane to wrap the base of the pot attaching with an elastic band at the top of the pot. This will prevent water from dripping out of the pot – and yes, to keep your flowering Pansies and Violas alive, just water regularly.

Live flowers sprinkled throughout your Christmas tree together with LED lights (they don’t generate as much damaging heat), a few baubles, and garlands will turn your Christmas tree into a stunning display. And best of all, after Christmas, you can plant out your flowering Pansies and Violas.