Jennifer StackhouseWollemi pine has its Epiphany

Epiphany. January 6. The 12th day of Christmas. The day when all the decorations come down. I hope the stores are reading this blog. Although, I heard someone say the Easter decorations are already going up. Surely not! For my Christmas tree this year I used a Wollemi pine and it has been just right. Not too big, lots of cascading branches and a good green colour.

Wollemi pine Christmas treeMuch as I love decorations and Christmas trees, mine is denuded and back outside now. I couldn’t wait for any Epiphany. The tree has looked lovely since Christmas Eve and has had plenty of admirers, but I think it needed to go back outdoors for a good watering and a bit more sunlight.

I’ve done just about every sort of Christmas tree you can name. We had a lovely dwarf pine for a couple of years (until Jim planted it a paddock and forgot to water it). We’ve done Pinus radiata (again clipped and potted) several times and they’ve all come to a sticky end.

One of the longest lasting of all our living trees was our family Christmas tree, a Norfolk Island pine in a pot. It lasted for many, many years. Eventually it just became too big and too heavy to move indoors.

The NFI pine is a good choice for longevity but, if you are looking for a living Christmas tree for 2013, buy a Wollemi pine. Pot it up and you’ll be amazed at just how good it looks. Don’t plant it in the paddock, do keep it in a pot and treasure it!

Look for one at your nursery or, for on-line shoppers, Garden Express has some available in various sizes in autumn 2013.

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About Jennifer Stackhouse

Recently Jennifer Stackhouse made the big move from Kurmond in NSW to a Federation house in the little village of Barrington tucked beneath Mt Roland in northwest Tasmania. With high rainfall, rich, red deep soil and a mild climate she reckons she's won the gardening lottery. She's taken on an acre garden that's been lovingly planted and tended for the past 28 years by a pair of keen gardeners so she is discovering a garden full of horticultural treasures. Jennifer is the author of several gardening books including 'Garden', which won a Book Laurel for 2013, as well as ‘The Organic Guide to Edible Gardens’, ‘Planting Techniques’ and ‘My Gardening Year’, which she wrote with her mother Shirley. She was editor of ABC 'Gardening Australia' magazine and now edits the trade journal 'Greenworld' magazine and writes regularly for the Saturday magazine in 'The Mercury'. She is often heard on radio and at garden shows answering garden queries.

One thought on “Wollemi pine has its Epiphany

  1. Go the live trees! We have been using a Prumnopitys ladei (Mt Spurgeon Plum Pine) for many years. It doesn’t mind being indoors, copes with a bit of dry when you go away for a week or two at Christmas and is also very happy in its pot outdoors in sun or shade. Its yew-like leaves are lovely and the lime-green new growth lights up the tree.

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