How to Care for Your Living Christmas Tree
Congrats on your new plant, the Noble Fir (scientific name: Abies nobilis) or Sequoia (Sequoiadendron sempervirens)! These trees are beloved for indoor use at Christmas, and their distinct scent that has been imitated many times in candles, air fresheners, and sprays. Follow these care ideas to keep your tree growing strong until next year.
Be sure to water your tree when dry!
Fir: This encourages healthy growth. In winter, the noble fir is ready for more water when the top 3 inches are dry. Water slowly and until water begins to pool in the tray under the plant.
Sequoia: They prefer to have more water than the noble fir, but don’t drown them. If you repot, make sure you choose well-draining soil because they don’t like to sit in water.
Give it the appropriate light.
Fir: They love direct sunlight indoors, but in the absence of a free spot in front of a window, they do well in with indirect light.
Sequoia: They also need direct sunlight indoors, and need at least 5-6 hours of sun.
Keep your tree away from a vent or radiator.
Fir and Sequoia: The direct contact with a heat source will reduce moisture in and around the plant and cause it to drop needles.
Put it on the porch.
Noble firs and sequoias do well indoors, but prefer to be outside. If possible, place your tree outside after the holiday season to acclimate it to the climate.
Plant it in your yard next spring!
Fir: These trees grow best in Hardiness Zones 5-6 (primarily cooler climates), but can survive outside of those areas. They prefer a cool, moist spot, so think about your summer light and pick an area where it would not be in direct light all day.
Sequoia: Similar to firs, sequoias grow best in Hardiness Zones 5-8 (primarily cooler climates), but can survive outside of those areas. In its first few seasons in the ground, water often and make sure to use as gentle fertilizer.
Don’t forget to tag us in your plant photos on Instagram @cellardplants and use #CellarDoorPlants so we can see your finished, decorated tree! Happy holidays!