If you don't live in Portland Oregon
This page has information how anyone anywhere can have a full-size potted Christmas tree. Your potted tree can be planted by you on your property, or planted by someone else somewhere else. Also this page has information if you might consider starting a franchise of our company.


Anyone anywhere can buy a potted Christmas tree from your local area and have it planted by someone else, not in your backyard. Each year, you can bring a potted Christmas tree into your home and have it planted after the holidays by your local parks department. Or you can give your tree, or sell it, to someone in your town who is in the market for an inexpensive or free tree. You can have a potted tree every year that grows old in your local area.

We are the original and only such service in the world. If you'd like to run your own living Christmas tree business in your town scroll down to see franchise info.

Just take three or four fun pioneering minutes to read this section. Basically you'd buy an evergreen tree with roots in a pot, then drop it off to your local parks department to get planted. 
(If you want to plant your tree on your property, TOLCTC provides planting recommendations here.)

Read our care recommendations to learn if a potted tree is for you.

Source your tree. Call around to plant nurseries. Plant nurseries in the city are retail, in the country they are wholesale. Ask for the manager to find out about price and size of the rootball. Don't be shy to ask for a discount or negotiated rate. The lowest you will probably find a 5īto 6ītree is 
about $40. The rootball should be between 16 and 20 inches in diameter. You will want to ask for a "B&B or container", (the root area is called Balled in Burlap- B&B, or in a plastic pot- container.) You will want an evergreen tree (conifer), the size is up to you. Due to the weight of the tree with the roots, you may want a smaller, 4'/5' tree. Measure your ceiling so the tip of your tree is the perfect height.

Find a planter for your tree. Call parks departments, landscapers, property managers, developers, golf courses, schools, churches, or run a free online ad (craigslist) or local newspaper classified ad to sell your tree or give it away. You may be able to find a planter who will buy your tree, you can ask for the price you bought it for or on down to $10. If not, ask them about donating your potted Christmas tree to them. They might pick it up, or you'd drop it off to them. They'll probably pick it up, people want trees to plant.

Then purchase and take your tree home. Once you purchase your tree, there are a few ways we suggest transporting it. We recommend standing it up in the trunk of a car, it sticks out the trunk. A car with a trunk is best. Have the person you buy it from tie the branches so the tree is thinner and branches donīt break, like in photos below. Tie trunk of car down with a short string or rope. Laying it down in a pickup truck, hatchback or van spreads the needles around and makes you lean and reach, and the tree must be prevented from rolling so it doesn't spill dirt. 

Set it up. Make sure you have help during the unloading process. The roots make 7' trees weigh up to 180 pounds. Another helpful hint is to wrap an old bath towel wrapped around the rootball / pot as you lift it from the car. Lay the tree back when carrying it, like itīs in a cradle.

Let it grow. After the holidays, the planter you have arranged will either pick up your tree if you give it to them or you can deliver it to your planter. They'll plant your tree to grow old. You can visit it if you know exactly where it is.



Consider franchising TOLCTC

We'd love to talk with you next year about the possibility of you franchising us next year. You'd get started in October and work around 80 hrs total until January 15. It's very easy to get started. Many aspects have already been set up. We'll share things like; where to get pots, you can use our website and press releases. We'll be glad to share our experience and knowledge to help you run a successful seasonal business. The best part is that you will be providing joy to hundreds of people during the Holidays and turning Christmas into a tree planting holiday in your town.

The perfect candidate has a few of these qualities:
1. Passionate about this idea. (That's the key to success.)
2. Live within 50 miles of where conifer trees are commercially grown.
3. Would be willing to drive a 15 foot U-Haul truck making 30 deliveries the first year.
4. Have a place to store plastic pots outdoors that take up around 10 square feet.
5. Can spend time communicating with TOLCTC, hiring/managing a team, and promoting tree rental, and other misc.
6. Would consider signing an agreement and share with TOLCTC an insignificant amount of your income annually.

Email us to get an email from us in August next year:
 office@livingchristmastrees.org.







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