Proctor's Garden: Living Christmas trees and solstice arrangements
If you prefer a living, compact tree, consider the alternatives. If you buy a small, potted tree such as a blue spruce or dwarf Alberta spruce, dig a hole for it immediately. Store the soil in a garage or place where it won't freeze. Only keep the tree inside for a few days. Warm temperatures inside will disrupt and confuse it. Spray it with an anti-dessicant product such as Wilt-Stop. After Christmas, plant and water it immediately.