All the world over, the Christmas celebration is full of pomp and felicitation. It’s a celebration that excites not just the Christian-faithful but everyone irrespective of religion, race, gender, or age. The reason for this is a no-brainer: Christmas celebrations occur at the end of the year, precisely, the 25th day of December; this season doubles as a global holiday season. It’s the default international vacation and celebration season. Little wonder, the period is now tagged festive season.
Christmas celebration cum holiday season is usually marked with a splendid display of beautiful decoration since time immemorial. A walk down the memory lane reveals that in a not too distant time in history, most Irish beautify their homes during Christmas with holly. A sprig of native evergreen, glossy leaves. However, today, that practice has given way to Christmas trees. Across all the seven continents, a common feature in homes during the festive seasons is Christmas trees, which vary in size from home to home. Now, please sit back, and relax as we walk you through exciting facts about Christmas trees and their cultivation.
How Long Does It Take a Christmas Tree to Grow?
Now that we have reminded you how beautiful and widespread the use of Christmas trees is, you are thinking either of these two things: how can I get a Christmas tree? Or how long does it take a Christmas tree to grow if I plant one? Well, the answer to your first question is a walk in the park. You can get a Christmas tree by shopping in a nearby store as soon as the festive season draws near. Rest assured that stores in Ireland would have Christmas Trees as early as the first day in December because most residents love to put up their Christmas decorations by December 8, when the feast of Immaculate Conception is celebrated. You can also decide to order it online if you don’t like going shopping.
About your other question, which is relatively more important, Christmas tree growth duration depends on the length you would prefer. Most people prefer a 7-foot Christmas tree, so that we would address that. Growing a 7-foot Christmas tree from seed takes ten to twelve years. They have a fantastic growth process – it begins with developing the seeds in the nurseries for about two or four years, then planted on Christmas tree farms for another eight years. It is widely accepted in the early planting stage; the tress growth rate is very slow. Research says it grows by not more than one foot due to certain conditions annually. Below are some factors that can affect the growth of your Christmas tree.
- Climate: Some climates are more favourable for smooth growth. In a place with a good climate, a seven-foot Irish Christmas tree may take ten years as against twelve years in others.
- Altitude: The tree will grow slowly whenever the height is significant.
- Nutrition: When it comes to the Christmas tree, it’s essential the seed is fed with the proper nutrition to ensure maximum growth. General plant nutrients won’t yield much effort.
- Soil Types: The soil for your plant must be fertile for the Christmas tree to grow appropriately.
- Tree Spacing: If you are planting many trees, it’s crucial you give reasonable spaces in-between the places you sow each seed, so as they grow, there will be maximum density. Failure to do this will lead to hindered growth.
At this point, it is relevant to state that about eighty-five million Christmas trees are planted across the world every year. And if that massive number of Christmas trees are grown annually, it is in place to examine when is the best time of the year to plant a Christmas tree.
When Should a Christmas Tree be Planted?
We wish to tell you the right time to plant a Christmas tree is Now! Or any motivating words that spur you to act instantly, but that would be false, and we love to keep it accurate and practical. For optimal growth, you cannot plant a Christmas tree anytime you like.
The best time to plant a Christmas tree is in the spring. Weather and soil conditions are at their finest during the spring, especially in early and late spring. Notably, plants enjoy root growth during this season before top growth begins. Hence, that’s a suitable period to sow your Christmas tree seed. The commonest type of Christmas trees planted are evergreen firs, pines, and spruces.
Once you are clear that spring is the most suitable season for planting your Christmas tree, the final thing you need to ascertain is what kind of Soil is equally best for Christmas trees, but not to worry, we did that for you already.
What Soil is best for Christmas Trees?
If you are wondering why you should even care about soil types when planting a Christmas tree, there are at least two reasons: quality of Soil would improve the appearance and quality of your Christmas tree. That is why like every other plant, the Christmas tree can manage to grow on all kinds of soil types – loamy, sandy, silt, or clay soil. For your Christmas tree to grow as fast as possible, you should plant it on loamy soil. Additionally, with loamy Soil, the number of years it takes for your Christian tree to reach market size is shortened.
Nonetheless the foregoing, improving the quality of your loamy Soil before planting is necessary for the maximum appropriation of the benefits. Here are four practical things to do to improve your loamy soil quality: Plant cover crops before planting your Christmas tree to enhance nutrients, Conduct soil testing to ensure you choose a good land, and Add manure, mulch, compost, or any other organic matter to the Soil, Improve soil absorption of water through the application of wetting agents,
With the quality of information we provided in this piece, as a Christmas tree grower, you have the requisite knowledge necessary for your trees to grow well.