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Banana plant for christmas tree

 
Jason Long
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28,200,000 "US CITIZENS"  bought cut christmas trees in 2009. 11,700,000 bought fake christmas trees 2009. (http://www.christmastree.org/statistics_consumer.cfm)

I know this topic is a little past due, however I felt as if it deserved to be posted here.

My buddy bought a potted banana plant this year to use as a christmas tree. When his christmas was over, he gave me the banana to plant in my banana circle.

For those of you who celebrate christmas, or know others that celebrate christmas, I encourage you to by a potted tree and decorate it. When you're done with christmas, or when nature allows you to go plant it - do so!

Instead of chopping and making 40,000,000 christmas trees; lets plant 40,000,000 christmas trees! (In US alone, btw)

 
                            
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Not sure why you added the fake tree total to the real tree total, but hey!  This was an eye opener!
We have an ancient fake tree, and a dinky one that is actually the top of the old toilet-brush-type-looking fake tree that fell apart before that.
One year I bought a rosemary bush in a pot, and used that instead of a tree.  It died before it was warm enough to plant outside, but I enjoyed it while I had it.  Another year we made a tee pee from wire rings, twigs, small dead branches and jute.
This past Christmas, we just went to our daughters and enjoyed her old, fake tree for the afternoon. 
 
Jason Long
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Not sure why you added the fake tree total to the real tree total, but hey!  This was an eye opener!


I added the fake trees to the cut trees because in 2009 if no one bought cut or fake trees, and everyone only bought potted plants/trees there would've been almost 40,000,000 trees to plant.

I do realize fake trees have the ability to be reused, however this year I saw a lot of fake trees on the side of the road going into the trash. Also, how efficient and closed loop are buying trees made out of plastic and metal compared to buying or propagating a tree and planting it?
 
Shawn Bell
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This is a good idea!
 
                        
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For the past two yrs I have made a fake real tree so we have the smell of pine without killing a tree. I cut four small overhanging branches off a tree that was growing on our place (it needed evening up as the horses next door had eaten the other side and it looked silly). Next I tied the branches together at the base and twisted two of the trees at right angles to the other two. You need thick gloves on for this as Christmas tree needles hurt. A few long zip ties at intervals will hold it in place, and then I stuff the base into a tripod tree stand from an artificial tree.
I put up the tree on Solstice or even on Christmas eve, and it lasts through to the new year without any major needle loss.
After that it goes in the Rayburn for firewood, but it could be shredded and composted.
 
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