Decorate with Live Mini Christmas Trees This Holiday Season

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Costa Farms reveals fun tips for decorating and gift giving with living mini trees.

Add a touch of green to any room with the Norfolk Island Pine

"These living Christmas trees are inexpensive and eco-chic, all wrapped in one decorated package,” says Jose Smith, CEO of Costa Farms, one of the nation’s leading nurseries.

This holiday season green is more than just a tradtional a color, it’s the hippest way to decorate while giving back to Mother Earth.

The easiest, most festive way to be an earth friendly elf is to decorate with a living Norfolk Island Pine. No live trees to cut down, no dead needles to clean up and no discarded tree to drag to the curb and overload the landfills.

“These living Christmas trees are inexpensive and eco-chic, all wrapped in one decorated package,” says Jose Smith, CEO of Costa Farms, one of the nation’s leading nurseries.

And since Christmas trees are one of the most popular traditions of the season, these miniature living trees present a variety of decorating and gift-giving options along with many green benefits.

Easy to grow, Norfolk Island Pines make cheerful centerpieces during holiday feasts and add eco-flair to any home’s décor. A native of the South Pacific, the soft, compact needles and naturally symmetrical shape of the Norfolk Island Pine provide a charming backdrop for all seasonal celebrations.

Small enough for a table-top display in the kitchen or hall, they tuck nicely into tight spaces in apartments, dorm rooms, patios or cozy corners. After the holidays, untrim these mini trees and place them in a pretty pot and use as a house plant. With just a little care, your Norfolk Island Pine will keep on giving for many holidays to come.

As a house plant, the Norfolk Island Pine naturally filters the air and adds much needed moisture to a room, especially needed during the winter. It also absorbs and breaks down harmful pollutants, giving you and your family an extra Christmas gift -- a healthier and greener environment.

Check out these fun decorating tips from Costa Farms:

  • Why not have a living tree in every room? Get creative and have some fun using special collections of ornaments on different trees, either in one location or scattered throughout the house.
  • Choose a theme for each room, adding petite cooking utensils for the kitchen, candy canes in the den and lovely gold or silver ribbons entwined with flowers in the living room, all in colors that complement the room’s décor.
  • For a dramatic look, decorate three to five “themed” Norfolk Island Pines and set them on the dining table or mantel.
  • And don’t forget the children’s own little tree for their rooms. Think of all the fun and memories you and your kids will have decorating the tree with hand-made paper decorations, candies, popcorn and small miniature lights.
  • Norfolk Island Pines are perfect gifts college students or apartment dwellers who want a touch of Christmas but don’t have space for a large tree.
  • Don’t know what to give your child’s teacher, your boss or hostess? Pick up either the 14” or 22” Norfolk Island Pine fully decorated with a gift tag.

Care Tips
Place the Norfolk Island Pine in an open, bright location such as on countertops, tabletops or in an office, but not in full sun. They prefer to be near a window but away from direct heat. Keep the soil moist but don’t let it dry out or stand in water. Feed with a complete balanced fertilizer every month.

If you live where the temperature stays above 60 degrees, such as Zones 9 & 10, your Norfolk Island Pine tree can be planted in the landscape and loved for many years.

Available at neighborhood retailers, 14” or 22” tall Norfolk Island Pines come fully decorated and ready for the party, or select the larger 44” tall tree and custom decorate it with your favorite ornaments.

For more information or to find a retailer near you, visit

About Costa Farms: The Costa Farms family of companies is one of the largest producers of indoor houseplants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third generation, family owned business that globally stretches over 3,500 acres and employs 2,800 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant companies, the Costa Farms family of companies operate merchandising and transportation companies, with domestic operations in South Florida, North and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and the Far East.

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