Think green this season. Use a live magnolia tree to accent your home and then plant it in your yard after Christmas.
Greenery All Around
Magnolia garlands and swags are great choices for framing a dining room buffet, setting the stage for a few large decorations. At the center stands a simple red glazed flowerpot. Filled with sand, it holds a pillar candle covered with a hurricane-style globe. A few magnolia leaves and red ornaments are tucked around the globe. Oversize red ornaments on either side of the glazed pot complete the display.
Instead of decorating a traditional cedar, fir, or spruce Christmas tree this year, try stringing lights on a live 'Little Gem' magnolia. Positioned in a container next to a sunny window, this evergreen can live indoors for two to three weeks, sometimes longer. Set a large plastic dish underneath the container you'll be using for the tree. It will catch any runoff water and protect your floor. Once you add the tree, cover the container and water dish with burlap or a tree skirt.
Keep the soil evenly moist but not drenching wet, and always unplug any lights before watering. After the holidays, remove the lights and plant the tree in your yard.