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Bring fresh outdoor greenery indoors with this miniature Christmas tree.
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Line the bucket with plastic from a lawn bag or plastic sheeting. Check the folds to make sure none will allow water to seep down the sides of the bucket, and then trim the plastic to within 1 inch of the top of the bucket. Tape the top edges to the bucket so that no tape extends over the lip of the bucket. Take care to make certain the plastic will hold water without leaking and that it follows the inside shape of the bucket.
Select a tree about 55 inches tall (measured from the tip to bottom of the pot) in a container that fits inside the bucket. If the container fits but the bottom tree branches are too low, add gravel to the bottom to raise the container enough for the branches to clear the lip of the bucket.
If the container is slightly too large for the bucket, lift the root ball free of the container and trim just enough for it to fit snugly inside the bucket. Again, add enough gravel to the bottom to raise the branches over the lip of the bucket and pack gravel around the edges to hold it in place.
For trees with a large container and root ball, use loppers to cut the trunk at ground level. Trim enough branches to create 12 inches of trunk. Center the trunk in the bucket and add enough gravel to hold the tree steady.
Regardless of whether you use Step 2, 3, or 4, water lightly as needed. Make sure the water level does not touch the tape.