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By Rick Gillies
Mountain Gardens Nursery and Pet 

Success with living Christmas trees


November 19, 2022

Photo provided.

Baby Blue Colorado Spruce.

Well, it's the holiday season and time to start thinking about Christmas, and time to let people know about the care of living Christmas trees. Getting a live tree should save you a lot of money because you should be able to use it as a Christmas tree for a few years, as long as you keep it alive.

Here are a few points to help you make a decision:

• Most potted Christmas trees have a good chance of surviving the move from indoors to the landscape.

• The tree should not be kept in the house any longer than seven to 14 days.

• Cut trees are almost as expensive as live ones of the same size.

How to take care of a living Christmas tree

1. Keep your tree in an unheated garage or shed until ready to bring it inside to decorate. This will keep the tree dormant while protecting it from the harsh elements.

2. It is best not to keep them in a warm room for more than 14 days, otherwise it may begin to come out of dormancy and the transition to outside will be too cold.

3. Water the tree thoroughly several hours before bringing it in and then with ice cubes on the root ball when inside to keep soil moist and also keep the roots cool like they would be outside. Place in a cool spot away from heater vents and add ice every couple of days. Provide a saucer to catch excess water draining from the pot.

4. If decorating with lights, use only miniature types that give off very little heat or LEDs.

5. After Christmas, move it back into the garage or porch for a couple of days. So the tree can adjust to the temperature. Provide the tree with water after moving.

The nip in the air tells us it's time to plant trees and shrubs!

I have a great supply of Oregon plants now in the nursery. Here are just a few to choose from:

The Colorado Spruce tree only gets 15-20 feet tall. We also have Nordmann Fir, Baby Blue eyes, Fat Albert Blue Spruce, Bakeri blue spruce, and hoopsii the "bluest Blue" spruce. Also Vanderwolf pine, Lencodermis and dwarf pine, thunbergii "Thunderhead" 3-4" Dwarf pine, Austrian black pine, Arnold Sentinel Austrian pine and Tanyosho pine.

We have many cedars this year

Cedrus atlantica pendula is weeping. Cedrus atlantica glauca, cedrus atlantica silberspitz, cedrus atlantica fastigiata are relatively narrow. Cedrus deodara aurea gold deodara, cedrus deodara "deep cove" is semi dwarf, Deodora cedar has light colored new growth, Cedrus deodora 15-, 5- and 1-gallon. We also have Picea Omorika "Pendula Bruns" spruce and Scotch pine, Salix purpurea "nana" dwarf willow 3 - 4', Thuja Green Giant in four sizes, Jeffrey pine and Eldarica pine.

We have many maples, which provide good shade and great fall color. We also have Chinese pistache "Keith Davey" that have good color and are large.

We still have many fall color plants: Dogwood, maples, ginkgo, birch, pistache, sumac, golden rain, burning bush, liquidambar, Raywood ash and Pacific sunset maple, which is a smaller hybrid maple that still turns red. We also have in stock 15-gallon Jeffrey pines. There is too many to mention here, so please come see what we have.

Just arrived are Fir Needle candles from Rhode Island, which adds great fragrance to your home. Come in and give them a sniff. We have many gift items, including hanging succulent planters in three different sizes, weather vanes, wind chimes and puzzles ... just to name a few.

Come by and see all we have this holiday season! We are located at 503 S. Curry St., Tehachapi, and are open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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