Patrick Humphrey wrote:I wonder if it would be possible to keep a tree in the same pot for years and just prune it so it doesn't grow much?
We were thinking about trying it next year but also worried it would make a huge mess.
or just plant it outdoors and have a true permaculture Christmas
Has anyone ever tried this before? Do you still have the tree?
Bryant RedHawk wrote:I've kept potted, live Christmas trees for up to 10 years by treating them as a Bonsai (top and root pruning).
I've done this with several firs and spruce and I'm sure you can do it with almost any conifer you desire.
My first living tree bonsai was a Norway spruce that I was able to keep at 3.5 ft. height with a 2 foot diameter at the base, it now is cared for by the Japanese gentleman who taught me how to bonsai trees in Sacramento CA.
He had brought with him his family's collection of bonsai of which some conifers were 250 years old, he also had a Ho tree (Japanese magnolia) that was 412 when I first saw it in 1970.