Timely Tendings: What to do with potted Christmas trees after holidays

TAMPA-12/17/96-FOR GARDENING SECTION HOLIDAY PLANTS STORY-A Norfolk Island Pine makes a decorative holiday plant. This plant is quite cold sensitive. It should be kept indoors until warm weather, making sure it gets as much direct light as possible. In summer, it should be put outside in a lightly shaded place. (STAFF/JOCK FISTICK)
Published January 5, 2018
Updated January 9, 2018

What to do with potted Christmas trees after holidays

Norfolk Island pines and rosemary are popular potted Christmas trees but what do you do with them after the holiday season is over? Norfolk Island pines will stay fairly well behaved as indoor plants but if planted in the landscape can grow up to 80 feet tall or taller. Most of our landscapes do not have room for these and their large roots can damage sidewalks and driveways. Keep them in a pot in a sunny location inside or on a patio.

On the other hand, rosemary is a tough and drought-tolerant easy to grow herb you can plant in your garden and enjoy year-round. They prefer well-drained soils and plenty of sun. Rosemary can be used in the kitchen either fresh or dried, it’s quite versatile. To learn more about growing rosemary:

Compiled by Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. For additional landscape and garden information, visit For regular tips and information about what’s growing in Pinellas, go to


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