Fraser Firs are one of the most popular trees in the United States due to their attractive appearance and their ability to grow quickly. They have a large trunk with a rounded top which makes them look like they are almost tree trunks themselves. The bark on these trees is very thick and tough making it resistant to rot, insects, frost damage, drought damage and other environmental factors.
The sapwood of a firs is dark brown or black and contains the heartwood. The needles are small, needle-like leaves that grow from the branch tips. These trees require full sun to thrive but will tolerate partial shade better than some other types of trees.
When grown in a sunny location, they do well in zones 5 through 9 where they prefer temperatures between 75°F and 85°F year round. However, they may not survive extreme cold. In areas with long winters, such as those found in the northern half of Minnesota and Wisconsin, they will often suffer from winter leaf drop.
A good way to tell if your tree needs pruning is to determine how many branches it has. If you have only two or three branches then it’s probably time to trim back a few of them so that the tree doesn’t get too tall. To prevent the tree from getting too wide, you should at least prune back the side branches so that they aren’t competing with the center of the tree for sunlight.
This will also improve air circulation around the tree. If your tree is already too tall or wide then you should not prune it back because it may not have enough foliage to survive the winter months.
The best time to plant a tree is in the spring when there is no longer a threat of frost. The ground should be tilled first to a depth of 12 inches. If your soil is heavy clay then you should add some sand or gravel to the soil to improve its drainage and help it drain water better.
After you’ve added the soil conditioner, dig a hole that is two to three times as wide as the roots of the tree are.
This is a step-by-step guide on how you can grow a fraser fir. These trees are great to grow and can be used for decoration or for cutting them down and using their wood. This should give you all the information you need in order to successfully grow your own tree.
The first step is to gather everything that you will need to grow your tree. This includes a container that the tree will be growing in, the bag of soil and plant food, the seedling and the bottled water.
The next step is to prepare the soil. You will want to mix the native soil that you have with the soil that came with the seedling. Add water and mix it together.
If it seems a bit dry then add a little bit more soil, if it seems a bit wet then add a little bit more soil. You want the soil to be damp but not wet since you do not want it to be waterlogged since this can kill your tree.
Now that the soil is mixed, you can add the plant food that came with the seedling since this will help it to grow faster and healthier. Spread this throughout the soil. Next, you want to adjust the pH balance of the soil if necessary.
If the soil is acidic then you should add lime, if it is alkaline then you should add sulphur. You can purchase these from a local garden center or hardware store.
Now it’s time to plant! Take your bag of soil and pour it into the container, you want it to be at least an inch below the top. Gently remove your seedling from its current container and place it into the new one.
The seedling should be watered before placing it in the soil but you don’t need to soak it, just make sure that the soil is damp, if not, then add a little bit of water to the soil until it is damp.
The seedling should begin growing within a few days and you can expect it to reach 6 inches within the first year. Within the second year, you should have a full grown tree that is ready to be planted outside or kept in a large container. Just remember to water it once a week and fertilize it monthly with water-soluble fertilizer.
Searching for the right Christmas tree is an important step in the process of making your home feel like Christmas. Each type has their own benefits and drawbacks which is why you should pick one that matches your home or personality the best. Here are some common types of Christmas trees that you can choose from.
The first type is the most traditional one, the fakes tree, or artificial tree. These trees are used by almost everyone and with good reason too. First off, they never droop needles all over the floor and they don’t ruin your vacuum.
Second of all, they don’t smell like anything so if you have pets or small children that might try to eat the tree, then this is a good pick for you. Some even come with built-in lights.
The second type is the Colorado Blue Spruce. These trees have a good scent and hold the needles well. They come in different sizes and shapes.
Some are sickly looking while others are very full.
The third type is the Douglas Fir which has long green needles and holds them years even when you get it home. It’s scented and a popular choice for families with pets or small children due to its soft needles.
The fourth type is the Fraser Fir which has a nice scent and holds its needles well. It does droop slightly but only for a short period of time after being cut.
The fifth type is the Grand Fir which has long lasting, dark green needles. It has a good scent and holds the needles even when you bring it indoors. It’s one of the more popular types due to its symmetry and long life span when cut.
The sixth type is the White House Christmas Tree which is a Colorado Blue Spruce and is grown on the National Mall’s front lawn every year. It’s a symbol of the American people’s unity and spirit.
The seventh type is the Kentucky Cypress, which holds its needles for years and doesn’t shed them when you buy it. It does however cause people to suffer from itchiness when they handle the tree.
The final type is the Norway Spruce which has a nice scent. It drops its needles when you bring it indoors and only looks good for a short period of time. It’s mostly used as a last resort for people who don’t want to bother looking for a better tree.
There are other types of trees out there but these are the most popular ones in the United States, from families to pick up trucks. After you’ve picked out your tree, it’s time to decorate it.
Decorating the Christmas tree is a fun family activity and almost always includes lots of hot chocolate, songs, and laughs. Some people even like to set up their tree outside for all the neighbors to see or to line the sidewalk with lights. However you choose to decorate your Christmas tree is up to you and your family but one thing is certain: you’re going to have loads of fun doing it!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Sources & references used in this article:
Growth of fraser fir Christmas trees in response to annual shearing by LE Hinesley, SA Derby – HortScience, 2004 – journals.ashs.org
Fraser fir seedling gas exchange and growth in response to elevated CO2 by LJ Samuelson, JR Seiler – Environmental and experimental botany, 1992 – Elsevier
Growth stage, auxin type, and concentration influence rooting of stem cuttings of fraser fir by CL Rosier, J Frampton, B Goldfarb, FA Blazich… – …, 2004 – journals.ashs.org