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Hi, A few days ago I bought a pohutukawa in a pot (species called Maori Princess) from Palmers in Bethlehem, Tauranga. It’s going to be our inside Xmas tree and we will plant it out in the garden after Xmas. My question is, how often should I water it in its pot inside to stay healthy? Thanks so much for your help and Merry Xmas!

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Hi Susan,

The Pohutakawa prefers moist and free draining soil. Watering about once a week should be sufficient but it all depends on how warm your house gets, it may need a drink a few times a week. To check you can put your finger into the soil and if it is dry further down into the pot, go ahead and give it a drink of water.

Problems will arise if the water in the soil can not drain away, being that the tree is inside you may have a saucer or perhaps a pot with no drainage holes in the bottom. Do not let the tree sit in water. A good idea is to empty any excess water from the saucer or put stones/rocks in the bottom of your pot so the water always has somewhere to go.

Let as much sunlight in as you can during the day and this will also help the tree stay healthy as they love sunshine.

Merry Christmas, great to see our native trees being used as Christmas trees.

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