How to Grow Evergreen Trees Inside in Pots


Although they are most often displayed outside, containerized evergreens may be taken inside the home during the majority of the year. An evergreen may flourish for many years and provide timeless beauty to a space if its primary needs of nutrients, water, and sunshine are adequately satisfied. Additionally, it is important to keep any pests that might be present in the home at bay.

  1. Choose a container that is white or has a light colour and has several drainage holes as well as a tray in the bottom to collect excess water. The light colour of the container will prevent the roots of the evergreen from becoming overheated in warm rooms, and the drainage holes will prevent the roots from becoming soaked in water. To ensure that there is sufficient room for development, the depth of the container should be between 6 and 10 inches (for seedlings) or between 10 and 16 inches (for bigger trees). The diameter will be determined by the size of the tree that is being planted since it has to be big enough to accommodate the root ball while yet allowing enough for the roots to spread out.

  2. A clean towel should be used to cover the holes in the bottom of the pot that are intended for drainage. Because of this, excess water may drain without causing the soil to be pulled out of the pot.

  3. Before planting the evergreen, add water to the bag of potting soil and massage it with gloved hands to completely hydrate the soil. Be careful not to oversaturate the bag, however; you don’t want the soil to dry up. In the event that this occurs by mistake, make a few holes in the bag and allow the liquid to drain out.

  4. To prevent the potting soil from being compacted at the bottom of the pot, fill the container with potting soil until it is about half full and then fluff it with a gloved hand.

  5. The root ball of the evergreen should be placed within the container. Maintain the plant’s upright position as you fill the remaining space in the container with potting soil up to within one to two inches of the container’s rim. While doing so, make sure the evergreen is not shifting about in the container and that the earth has been pressed down firmly yet gently.

  6. It is best to prevent scorching the evergreen plant by positioning the container in an area that receives enough light but is shielded from the sun.

  7. The soil should be allowed to get dry in between applications of water, and then it should be properly watered. To ensure that the tree always has access to the nutrients it needs, you should sometimes add evergreen fertiliser to the water. However, this should be diluted down from what the manufacturer recommends for planted evergreens. Evergreens may easily be overfertilized and died because of their shallow root systems. To prevent damage to the evergreen, the suggested amount of the treatment should be added to 5 gallons of water rather than 1 gallon.

  8. Check the evergreen tree at regular intervals to see if any of its needles or leaves have become brown, dried, or curled. This might be an indication that the evergreen is being attacked by indoor pests or illness.

    Things You Will Need

    • Container

    • Rag

    • Potting soil

    • Garden gloves

    • Evergreen fertilizer


    If you live in a region with a colder temperature, growing your evergreen in the biggest container feasible can offer the tree’s roots with more insulation and warmth throughout the winter months.

    For the greatest results in container gardening, use dwarf evergreens or cultivars with a modest growth rate.

    If you want to encourage growth in most evergreens throughout the winter months, you should put them outdoors; however, you should keep them out of direct sunlight. Instead, put them on the north side of the house and wait until it snows or becomes cold outside before bringing them back inside. This will give them the opportunity to adjust to the weather.


    Do not use garden soil to fill the container since it is most likely too heavy and will hold an excessive amount of water, which will cause the plant roots to die.

    You could want to pot the evergreen tree where it will rest to save yourself the trouble of transferring it later; otherwise, you could use a dolly to move it if the container and tree are of similar dimensions.