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Is there any way to rescue a used Christmas tree? Can it be babied back to life and grown in your yard?

Our winters are mild here in Vancouver, BC, and the sight of lovely evergreens lying in the alleys waiting to be hauled off by the city breaks my heart. CW

sf49ers8 months ago

cut a small branch of and try to get it to sprout roots

DocTao4 years ago
In some instances they can be propagated by Air layering but the real
problem to Christmas trees is the absence of a root ball. You can
first aid a tree for about 2 months but after that time the tree dies
because it is missing it's ability to perfuse  water into its tissues
at a rate that is minimal for leaf  survival.  Best thing if you want to save
the tree is to buy it with a rootball and transplant after the New Year.
Remember now the tree has grown accustomed to your heated
living space so you must "Harden Off" and acclimate  the tree to
living outdoors.  to do this one must prepare the rootball for the rigors
of exterior temperatures. begin by watering with cold water then applying
ice cubes in small amounts to lower the temperature in the rootball.
What happens is the tree sends its sap (read Tree Blood here)  to
prepare the roots for the rigours of  Winter.   Once hardened off
remove the tree to your place of selection and Transplant.  It is often
wise to dig your place of  selection a week ahead of time, dig deep
enough to accommodate 7/8  of the rootball leaving a  "crown" of about
of about 2 inches at the top of the rootball depth to the elements.
Loosen the dirt in the hole at the bottom and mix a handful of  plant
fertilizer (nothing stronger than 5-10-5 Fertilizer, or damage can occur
on transplantation.) Mix into the soil and water the mix, allow one week
before transplanting your "Friend". Cover the  hole with  a few boards
and some soil banked newspaper layers to keep the soil from
freezing too hard.  When transplanting  about a half hour before
transplanting dump a bucket of hot water into the hole to loosen
up the soil in the bottom of the hole.  Transplant your friend and
give it an ample drink of tepid but not hot water.   Trim the bottom
branches off the tree (first 3-6 inches, depending upon height)
Save the branches to mulch around the base of the tree, until
the first spring grass cutting then remove and compost. Feel free
to ask any other questions, more than happy to answer. I speak
from experience and my friend is alive ( Planted her in 1973,she is
a real beauty,  28 ft and still growing) and decorated for this
Christmas Season. Popcorn balls, blueberries and cranberries
on the string.

cdubnbird5 years ago
i disagree. we are cloning in lab right now and we use plant hormones to force growth of plant cells. i can get a leaf to grow or a woodchip so long as it is fresh and the cells are still living. you just need the right amount and ratio of plant hormones specifically auxin and cytokinins but others too.. you would need alot of plant hormone to do this though. and we use a sterile environment but technically it should work in a septic environment.
well when you get it, get one that's still growing (like in a pot of dirt, with all it roots) after christmass, plant it in your garden it'll be alright for years ro come!
cynvision5 years ago
I've seen some programs where the tree is sunk in fish habitat to provide shelter for the fishes.
Thats absolutely true, i live in Pennsylvania, and trucks go around collecting xmas trees for that very purpose.. if you would go out to a few of the larger *man-made* ponds at the right time, you'll see a large heap of them in the middle.. sometimes they make free mulch for people.

as far as the question, i'd say root hormone.. never bought it or used it, but if i was to do this, thats where i'd start.
110100101105 years ago
can you get separately roots ? there was a 2 year old tree not far from my home that snapped diagonally in the wind to 2 disconnected parts. i matched the parts and connected them back with high pressure (metallic rail and loads of electrical wire and zip ties). i watered it a lot at the root and in the joint. and it came back to life. now its alive and very green. and it also has some leafs sticking from where the crack was it was not the kind of tree thats used for xmas though
magworks75 years ago
I don't know for a fact if this would work,but immersing the cut part of the christmas tree in a upright bucket of water that has vitamin B-12 rooting solution mixed with the water might get it to root.
lasersage5 years ago
depends what you mean by rescue. You can burn it and that'll give you one last use out of it as well as scare the hell out of you cos they burn so fierce and hot. Its quite alarming. Be careful :)
NachoMahma5 years ago
. Unless it still has the roots (and the roots are in good shape), you're out of luck.
I agree. Without roots, the tree is doomed. They don't grow back.