Many people keep a radiata pine in a pot, which lives out door for most of the year & then comes indoors at Xmas time to be decorated & transformed into the family Xmas tree.
But many people would like a tree that is a bit smaller & that is Australian.
Don showed how you can trim a lilly pilly into a bullet or cone shape to create a really charming little Aussie Xmas tree.
- Make a start using clean & sharp hedge clippers.
- Go easy. Just trim a little at a time (you can’t stick branches back on!)
- Stand back from the plant every few snips so you can check your progress & accuracy. Keep standing back trimming until you have achieved the perfect shape. Nb: Don’s plant had lots of flower buds on it so he deliberately avoided cutting it back too harshly, so as not to lose too many buds.
- Take you plant inside, being sure to place it on a saucer so it don’t stain your floor. Adorn it with decorations. You can keep your lilly pilly indoors for 10 days to 2 weeks, then it must return to the outdoors.