Christmas tree or Douglas spruce, Balsam fir, Fraser fir, White fir, Concolor fir is perhaps the most known tree and is decorated in celebration of winter festivals majorly for Christmas. It is mostly an evergreen conifer like spruce, fir or pine.
These are easy to grow and do not require a high-maintenance. Don't keep your Christmas tree indoors for more than 10 days.
Place the plant in a sunny location. The plants prefer full sun to partial shade. A sheltered location where it will receive 3-5 hours of morning sunlight while being protected from harsh afternoon rays is most ideal.
Most Christmas trees have conical, dark-green needle-like leaves which have pointed ends. Leaves grow upwards giving the tree a pyramid-like a shape. They not look good but smell good too. Bloom time is in summer.
After the first year of growth, the plant becomes established and does not require frequent watering. Water the tree once in a couple of days when the soil starts feeling dry. However, if the plant is in a container then check the soil regularly and water if dry. Too dry conditions can lead to browning of branches.
Don't ever let the tree sit in waterlogged conditions as that may lead to root-rot.
Provide a well-draining soil in a container with drainage holes to stimulate its growth. Use the soil which has a neutral pH value. Covering the soil with a layer of mulch can help protect moisture. Prune the plant to maintain its shape and glory.
The average height of the plant ranges from 15 ft to 25 ft. As a houseplant, the most preferable size is 7ft to 8ft. And the tree takes about 8-12 years to reach the same.
Feed the plant in spring with an organic fertilizer. Mix in a good amount of organic material such as compost and manure. Try to mulch the plant in every year during the spring.
The most common pests which affect Christmas trees are aphids, praying mantis and spider mites. If it is a widespread infestation then a weekly spreading of insecticides can help us to get rid of them.
Christmas tree is mainly used for ornamentation. It is used as a specimen tree especially for display during the winter months. Oil infusions made from the twigs and barks of the tree are used as lotions, ointments, as massage and aromatherapy oils.