Replanting a Christmas Tree
In late November we cut a Christmas tree at a farm. It started taking 1 gallon of water a day. It has slowed down to "just" a .5 gallon a day. (I also made sure the stand has not been leaking.) It still is taking a .5 gallon a day now. In fact, there is new growth on at least the top half of the tree. I looked to see if the tree is rooting, but at this stage I can't tell if I'm seeing roots at the bottom of the water or things that have fallen from the tree. I feel it's too early to "pull" on them to find out. My question: If this tree actually does root, any idea on how and when would we go about replanting it in the yard?
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It is unlikely that it is rooting, but I am not surprised that it is still growing a bit. This is very possible if the tree has had enough water. On the off chance that the tree does root itself, keep the new roots in water until they are at least 3-4 inches long. Then you can transfer it to a pot with soil. Make sure the soil stays damp. The tree will have to stay indoors for the winter, as it is not prepared any longer for the cold outside. Once spring comes, you can plant it outside as you would any other tree.