DECEMBER – We are going to the forest
Christmas time is coming and the RISEBA ECO Council invites you to join our initiative by purchasing a live Christmas tree in a pot and planting it in the spring. This tradition not only fills your home with warmth and festive atmosphere, but also takes care of our environment.
To ensure that your Christmas tree is beautiful and lives a healthy life until spring, we recommend that you follow these guidelines:
- Place in room: Once you have bought your tree and brought it home, let it rest in a cooled room for a few days before placing it in your room. Before planting, keep the tree in a cooler verandah, for example, as this will reduce the effects of temperature changes. Note that it is not recommended to keep a potted tree in a room for more than one or two weeks, even if it has been kept in a cooler place and certainly away from heating elements such as ovens and heating radiators.
- Hydration: make sure that the rooting ball of the tree is constantly moist and does not dry out. Water the tree as needed, as dry air in the room can quickly dry out the roots. To ensure that moisture is available, place the tree pot in a bowl and water it until water appears under the pot in the bowl.
- Decoration: the growing branches of a potted tree are not restricted for decoration. Remember that the branches are alive, so make sure they do not catch fire if you decide to put candles on the tree. Remember to be careful not to harm the live tree. If you want to get a Christmas aroma at home, however, choose juniper branches.
- After the celebration: after Christmas, it is important to place the tree outdoors. Take it outside immediately after the holidays, or traditionally on All Star Day – 6th January. If it is very cold outside, we recommend that you keep the tree on a breezy veranda before taking it outside. After taking the tree out, make sure it is stably potted and if there is no snow outside, you can bury it in the ground. The tree should be planted at the same level as it grew in the pot and watered after planting. In spring, make sure the tree gets used to the sun and water the root ball if necessary.
There are 35 different types of Christmas tree in Latvia, with dozens to hundreds of varieties per type. The most common varieties in Latvian Christmas trees, silver Christmas trees, Serbian Christmas trees, Canadian Christmas trees and various varieties of white spruce.
Follow our call and buy a live Christmas tree, caring for the environment and creating warmth at Christmas Holidays. Together we are building a greener and more sustainable Christmas tradition!