Care for Pine Tree Seedling

Old 06-15-16, 09:40 AM
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Care for Pine Tree Seedling

Long story short, a sentimental pine tree in my yard has died. As I went to clear up the area under the tree in preparation to cut it down, I stumbled upon a seedling 3 inches tall. I know that it must have come from my sentimental tree. I have pulled it out, and it is in a metal pot on my windowsill. Is it possible to keep it indoors, because this clearly is the last thing my dead tree provided me with.
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If you did pull it out, you may have stripped some small roots off, but it is worth a try to save it.

It would be good to keep it in the same soil, but allow it to drain out if you over-watered. Put it outside where it will get some sun and natural moisture.

When I was a boy scout, we got bundles of seedlings (about 12" long - roots and top) and just stuck them in a slit along a freeway (no fancy digging holes) and they all seemed survive (40' high today)since there are not any missing from the from the planing pattern (parallel rows).

Plant it and water it if necessary.

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25 yrs ago my youngest son got a white pine seedling in a dixie cup at school. We planted it 30-40' in front of the house. Even though the soil is poor [mostly slate rock] the tree survived and is 20'+ tall. Still hasn't produced any pine cones and I'd love to get a tree from that one to plant at my son's house.

I don't know how well your seedling would thrive in a pot indoors or out but it should do fine if you plant it in the ground.
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I agree with Dick, and would put it right back outside, somewhere in the vicinity of the old one. I would water it once in a while if I thought it needed it, but otherwise let it adapt, just like the old one did. Mother Nature is a tough old gal, and she'll take care of it. We have a lot of deer around, so what I typically do with little guys like that is make a chicken wire fence for them, and mulch out to that diameter to keep the grass down and, more importantly, to help hold some moisture. Keeping it in a pot is going to be a guessing game of when it will die from being root bound or too much or too little watering.

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