Having a decorated Christmas tree in your house to celebrate the festive season is a long-standing tradition in this country, however did you know that it may only be 1 December, but all the Christmas trees that will be sold over the next few weeks have already been cut or potted? and are on their way to us.
So what are the difference between the different types of trees?
A pot grown Christmas tree is one which has been planted in a container as a seedling so that the root ball is completely encased in a pot and the tree is growing in a compost or growing medium.
A potted tree is one which has been grown in a field and when it has reached a reasonable size it's been dug up and placed in a pot. Sometimes with compost sometimes with sand to weigh down the pot and keep the tree steady.
A cut tree is usually a field grown specimen which during mid to late November is cuts down and transported to garden centres, nurseries and roadsides.
So what are the advantages of each type?
If you want a plant that after Christmas has a chance of surviving until next year or can be planted out in the garden, you need to choose a pot grown tree. A potted tree might have a chance of surviving in the garden but that really depends on how much root has been chopped off when it was dug out of the ground and what kind of growing medium it was put in. (plus how you treat it while in the house) A cut tree is dead or on its way to dying plant. Whatever you do, there is no way you will get it past the New Year.
Of course a pot grown tree because the roots are being restricted, will be a lot smaller than the other types and almost certainly will cost you more. However some of the varieties that are available as pot grown like Korean fir and Nordmann fir are some of the prettiest and most evenly spaced Christmas trees.
A potted tree will cost less than a potted tree, and be slightly larger, - it will also come with a pot to support it.
A Cut tree will be the cheapest of the 3 types, and you can also get larger specimens, but don't forget they will need a support (preferably one to hold water to stave off the final death throws). Those which are labelled needle-last tend to just be species that have larger needles, which can hold water better and will therefore keep the needles on the branches for longer. This means that your hoover doesn't come I have to come out as many times over the Christmas period.
Ok, there is one more type of tree, but you won't find an artificial one in my house, because needles or not, I love dressing a real scented conifer.