Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2010
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Live Holiday Tree This Year?
Choose a smaller size of tree, as it'll adapt better than a more mature one. After you bring the tree home, water it well and store it in an unheated garage or outbuilding for two or three days as a "half way spot" till you move it indoors. Keep the rootball moist and the boughs misted. Once the tree is in place indoors, away from heating vents or fireplaces, either water it directly or by scattering ice cubes around the soil surface to slowly seep down into the entire root ball. Limit its time indoors to a maximum of seven days; fewer if the house is very warm.

Move the tree outside again to the garage, shed or protected spot for at least two weeks before moving or planting it in the open. The longer you enjoy the tree in the warm house, the longer it will need to readapt to outdoor conditions.

Clever Gardening Technique

Paint As Markers For Pruning Later
Prune dead or damaged tree limbs, or mark them with paint now so you won't miss them later when you do your other winter dormant pruning in January.

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