Skip to content

Christmas tree in a pot: the right care to enjoy the tree during the holidays and plant it later

Do you like the idea of a real, live Christmas tree that you can enjoy at home and then bring to life in your garden? With the right care, you can enjoy the look and smell of a real conifer as part of your Christmas decorations and then plant it in the garden to grow wild and tall. It’s easy to plant a Christmas tree in a pot once the holidays are over.

The right care for a Christmas tree in a pot

How to properly care for a Christmas tree in a pot

A potted Christmas tree has been growing in its container for at least a year, and since it is a real fir tree, you are actually buying a temporary houseplant. This means that it will continue to grow over the holidays.

First, try to find a tree that grew in a pot, not in a field and then potted up. Namely, a tree that is planted in a pot with drainage. If the planter does not have a hole in the bottom for excess water to drain, it will be much more difficult to dose the watering to avoid rot and thirst.

When should you bring your potted fir tree indoors?

Bring the potted Christmas tree into the house only 1-2 weeks before Christmas

After purchasing your potted Christmas tree, leave it outside as long as possible. It’s a good idea to minimize the time your tree has to spend indoors by not bringing it inside until a week or two before Christmas. And it’s recommended that you don’t leave live trees inside for more than 12 days.

Once you bring your tree home, acclimate it in a garage or other cool place indoors for about a week so the plant doesn’t take the transition from outdoors to indoors as hard.

Choose the right location for the tree

It is best to place the potted Christmas tree next to the window

Choose a sunny spot near a window. This is likely one of the cooler spots in your home, which is good because live trees like bright natural light and cool temperatures. A spot near a window will ensure that the tree gets enough light and doesn’t overheat.

Watering Christmas tree in pot

How often to water the potted tree


As with all plants, the right amount of water for your Christmas tree is key to a long and healthy life.

Do the finger test every few days to know when to water. Stick your finger into the surface of the soil up to the second knuckle. If your finger is wet and dirty, check the tree again in a day or two. If it’s dry and clean, it’s time for a drink of water. And remember, the bigger the tree, the thirstier the roots.

How to plant a potted Christmas tree?

With these tips you can plant the Christmas tree in the pot after the holidays

Once the holidays are over and your tree has done its decorative job, it’s time to prepare it for planting outdoors.

This really depends on the tree you get, the conditions you live in, and the type of outdoor space you have. If the ground is not frozen, you should let your tree acclimate outdoors in a sheltered spot for a week or two. Keep it well watered during this time. Then you can plant it.

Place the fir tree in a sheltered location, as it prefers a cool, moist climate, and consider its location during hot summers, as it should not be in direct sunlight. Also, make sure that it is well watered during dry periods.

When you plant it, dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball of the tree. Center the tree in the hole, cover it with soil and water it well. While the roots are growing, if possible, support the tree with stakes or wire to protect it from wind.

Now it’s just a matter of crossing your fingers and hoping your tree survives the transition. Any new growth (bright green, soft needles at the tips of the branches) is a good sign that it has established itself and will make it.

Keep an eye on the tree during the summer and make sure it is well watered. In December, you can add Christmas decorations to your yard with weatherproof tree ornaments.

Can you repot a potted Christmas tree?

Can you repot the potted fir tree?


You can repot your real Christmas tree into a larger container and keep it there throughout the year to reuse next Christmas season, but….

It’s pretty difficult to keep it alive as a “houseplant” this way.

If you want to keep a potted Christmas tree as a houseplant, we recommend a rosemary bush to brighten up your home with fragrant greenery.