Christmas tree is an evergreen conifer such as pine or fir which is traditionally associated with the celebration of Christmas. Setting up a Christmas tree has become a tradition now and most of them love to grow and decorate the natural trees in their home.
Fir (Abies) are most commonly used as a Christmas tree because this fir do not shed their needles even after drying and also retain good foliage color and fragrance. There are varieties of pines grown as Christmas tree but not every tree grows well. Growing Christmas trees need lots of attention and care. Fir tree requires a wide variety and well-drained soil type. Pine trees adapt sandy soil or loamy soil. Few species perform well on both types of soils. Even with proper care and attention most of the Christmas trees don’t do well.
Due to this people started buying artificial trees, made of goose feathers colored in green to give a real tree texture. Even other materials like brush bristles and recycled plastics also used to create an artificial tree. Instead of putting a lot of money on growing and buying Christmas tree, here is a best and cheapest way to grow your own Christmas tree for your home or for gifting purpose.
Rosemary is an excellent herb to grow as a Christmas tree and it do well in your hydroponic herb garden. Rosemary is highly fragrant and delicious herb that makes a beautiful ornamental Christmas tree you can use as a center piece or you can use for cooking as well as for medicinal purpose.
Generally rosemary Christmas trees are very easy to grow in hydroponics and they yield large quantities of fragrant piney leaves used for cooking. Rosemary does well in hydroponics as long as they are given ample heat, light, nutrients with correct pH. Propagate rosemary from seed or you can grow from cuttings.
Rosemary thrives under bright light, so place them under grow lights. Metal Halide (MH) grow lights or compact fluorescent grow lights will be perfect for growing rosemary. Rosemary is a hardy plant so make sure you provide them temperature 50 degree F to 80 degree F with good air circulation.
Use organic nutrients to grow your hydroponics herb. You can use Mother Earth blended organic super tea, because it supplies correct nutrient ratio and contains naturally derived bio-stimulants. Use organic super tea as a standalone fertilizer or as a supplement to a base nutrient. If you use this nutrient as a stand-alone, mix 7.5 -15.0 ml of product per litre. When using Organic Super Tea Grow as a supplement, mix at a rate of 2.0–5.0 ml of product per every litre of water that you apply to the roots. Make sure you strain Mother Earth Blended Organic Super Tea Grow through cheesecloth when using injection systems or drip irrigation.
Trim rosemary plant to encourage the growth and give a proper shape that gives a Christmas tree effect. Harvest leaves anytime throughout the year for fresh use. Pick in the morning for best flavor. Cut 3-4 inches from one branch rather than cutting 1/2 inch from a number of branches. Tie the cuttings in small bunch and hang upside down in a well-ventilated, dark room to use dry leaves. Pinch the newly grown leaves and trim lightly with tinsel to give them a good shape and decorate them with ornaments and lights.