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Gardeningian

Gardening helps me with my daily deep depression battle. Looking to make new friends. Live in Surrey (UK). Twitter - @IanNatureGarden

Picea abies

  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2016
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Gardeningian

My re-attempt at growing an Christmas tree. Bought for £12. Put in a larger pot, good drainage and John Innes No.3 (was recommended). Normally put them straight in ground & kill them 😥 #christmas #trees #pot #gardening #green

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hayleyaj

I have one in a pot that's now 3 Christmas's old, originally bought from Sainsburys. They are quite happy in a pot 😍

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beckers1974

Mine are far happier in pots. I use acid soil though - am I wrong in that?

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hayleyaj

I use std compost, but give her a feed occasionally when we feed the other pots in summer. She seems happy enough but possibly will need repotting next year @beckers1974

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Gardeningian

@hayleyaj @beckers1974 Will mine be ok in a shady spot?

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brightcolours

#christmastree #livingchristmastree #conifer #picea #norwayspruce

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beckers1974

@Gardeningian @hayleyaj I have a couple in the back, which is north-facing and shady and seem happy and a tiny one out front (south-facing) that doesn't seem to have any intention of growing bigger - but is healthy. The one I planted in the ground (acid soil over clay) died, even though it got good sun. One's roots broke through a wooden planter over summer, so I repotted into a new huge pot and repaired the old one for violas.

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hayleyaj

It should be fine in the shade, I move mine around 😊

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pipparoo

Fine in semi shade. Prefers acidic (ericaeous) soil. Water well especially in summer

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