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Making sense of caring for your potted Christmas tree

Here at Zynect, we take saving the environment seriously. We are always looking for ways to lessen our carbon footprint. One way to do this during the holiday season is by purchasing a potted Christmas tree, rather than cutting one down. This way you can plant it back into the earth after the holidays are over. There are also a number of services which will look after the tree for you, so you can use the same one next year.

Potted Christmas tree with Soilmote

Now that you have decided to trade in your christmas tree stand for a pot with soil, you need to care for your tree a little differently. These 3 tips can keep your tree alive and at optimal health this holiday season.

The first thing you want to take notice of is that the pot has proper drainage. You will need to water your tree, just as you would a cut tree, but you don’t want to overwater which can cause root rot. Under watering could also cause the tree stress which can cause the needles to turn brown and drop. 

Soilmote inserted in Potted Christmas tree.

This is where the Soilmote comes in. The Soilmote measures soil moisture and can help you keep your tree well watered, without over or under watering. The sensor monitors 0% to 100% volumetric water content. The data comes straight to the Zynect app on your smartphone. You can set alerts so you will know if your tree needs more or less water for optimal health. Pretty cool right?

These next 2 tips are pretty important too, no app needed. 

Make sure you keep your tree away from excessive heat like your radiator or fireplace. This will make sure your tree doesn’t dry and get brown needles. It is also a safety precaution as well, making sure your tree does not catch on fire. 

Lastly, you want to wait as long as possible to bring in your tree. Keeping it indoors longer than 10 to 12 days can cause adjustment issues with the tree when planted outside. 

Following these tips will help ensure you have a happy and healthy tree. You get to be festive and kind to the environment. It’s a win/win.

Happy Holidays!

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