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Decided to get a real Christmas Tree last year and bought one in a pot to go on the coffee table, it's about 2ft tall. It went outside in January and I didn't expect it to survive but it looks as healthy as the day it was bought, hasn't dropped any leaves but needs re-potting. My Q is, what type of compost will it need and what area is it likely to grow best in shade or full sun.
I don't know the variety but purchased it from Lidl, was wondering how it big it would grow in a year and should it be fed over summer. Any advise...
Put it in John Innes No 3 loam based compost and I would think that would have enough nutrients in it for this summer.
It's probably a Norwegian Spruce (they're the ones more frequently sold in pots, unless someone knows that Lidl were selling something different?) - it will need good light but if it's in a pot it won't be happy if it gets hot and dry, so I think I'd give it full sun in spring and autumn but move it into a more shady spot in the mid summer, and if we have a very dry spell I'd give the foliage regular sprays with a hose as well as plenty of water for the pot.
They can grow up to 3 ft per year in optimal conditions, but I imagine that in a pot the growth will be slower - you'll have to let us know
There's a thread about Christmas trees in pots, with some 60 messages, and the occasional photo, here:
I remember the thread about Christmas tree's now, just been through it again. Some nice tree's and good advise. I also contributed but don't know how to retrieve old threads.
It looks like a Norwegian Spruce, will pot it up as advised and move it to a shady spot in the summer, that's if we get one this year. It would be nice if it did grow 3ft.
I also bought three tiny variegated conifers before winter last year, wasn't sure what to do with those but presumably they can be treated the same as the Spruce.