What Are Living Christmas Trees? What Are Their Pros And Cons?

December 5, 2018

There is a certain charm about living Christmas trees that artificial ones hardly stand up to. They are eco-friendly, long-lasting, and smell really well! Of course, the preference is subjective. However, there are many people who choose to celebrate their holidays with living Christmas trees and continue to decorate them for years to come.

Should you get a living tree for your home too? Let’s first discuss what a living Christmas tree is and what are the pros and cons of having it in your home!

Living Christmas Trees

A nature-friendly alternative to fresh-cut trees, potted or burlap-bagged living Christmas trees can yield years of enjoyment. Small living Christmas trees are typically grown in a container in nurseries while big ones are grown in the field, from where they are balled-and-burlapped to your gardens.

And the best thing about them? They are sustainable and can be planted in the yard to provide shade and a habitat for wildlife, as well as act as a living windbreaker for decades to come. Not to mention, it is a guilt-free investment where you don’t have to burden yourself with the thought of cutting down a tree!

Potted Living Christmas Trees

As the name suggests, a potted Christmas tree is a conifer tree kept in a pot outside the home. It is usually brought inside each year during festivities. A potted tree requires more care than one in the soil, as it dries out faster without proper watering and periodic replacement into large containers. Potted trees need additional attention in cold weather.

If you are thinking of buying a potted Christmas tree, be sure to look for varieties that are well-suited to your local climate. Keep in mind the specific soil type and level of sun exposure to the place where it will eventually be planted. Water your living tree regularly. Cover the soil with mulch to keep it from quickly drying out.

When kept inside your home, try to choose a place that isn’t directly exposed to warm air from heaters or vents. Since living trees are heavier than cut trees, it is better to buy a smaller one that allows more choices for location and is easier to move around.

Pros Of Buying A Living Christmas Tree

Living Christmas trees are all natural, and have and no synthetic materials in them. This means that these trees are replantable, recyclable, and biodegradable.
Your home will smell great! Real Christmas trees have a wonderful, woodsy smell that adds to the holiday vibe even more.
Hunting for real trees is a great bonding exercise for a family, even if it is just a trip to the tree lot and not the woods.
When you purchase a living tree, you support the local businesses and farmers, which means you are contributing to the economy.
Since living trees are real, there is no hassle of assembling and disassembling them and they last for many years!

Cons Of Buying A Living Christmas Tree

Depending on the climate in your area, living Christmas trees may not last as long as fake ones.
Living Christmas trees require more care. They needed to be watered regularly and repositioned as per the weather.
With a dried living tree comes the possibility of fire hazards. Not to mention, these trees may carry allergens which will affect your health.
Transported from hundreds of miles, they can be a burden to bring home.

Make the most of these festivities by buying a live Christmas tree! Think about purchasing a live tree, enjoying it for a few days, and then returning it to the forest floor to molder quietly into loam with no real damage. Sounds more like borrowing from nature’s bounty, doesn’t it? You can get a variety of them depending on your budget and requirements!

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