As a kid I was infatuated with growing plants, I planted pumpkins, tomatoes, apple trees, whatever you can imagine I planted it. There was something I enjoyed about the nurturing process of a plant. Watching a seed transform itself into a plant, this fascinated me. To see a plant compound in size week after week was rewarding experience.
Wouldn’t you love to have a little pine tree growing in your house? Ahh that beautiful smell of fresh pine. Who knows maybe 10 years down the road you’ll have a beautiful pine tree in your back yard with a story, where you read a blog post and created this wonderful tree.
Growing a pine tree is easier than you would think, I will lay out the ground work needed to grow your own pine tree. We will go through the basic steps to grow your own pine tree from the comfort of your home.
· Many Pine seeds need a stratification period, the stratification is the period that the seed needs in order to germinate and start to grow as a pine.
· Depending on the type of Pine tree you want to grow you might have to use a cold stratification period or a warm stratification period, sometimes you might do both.
· The cold stratification can be done by putting a handful of Pine seeds in a Ziploc bag with some seed starting mix, and a little bit of water to keep the moisture. Then place it in your refrigerator at 34-41 degrees from 30 to 90 days depending on the stratification needs of the seed.
· The warm stratification is the same process as the cold stratification but with temperatures of 68-86 degrees and the usage of sphagnum moss instead of water to keep moisture.
· It’s really important you track the stratification process of the seeds very carefully; otherwise, the seed will die.
· If you want to grow your Pine outdoors a recommendation is to stratify your seed indoors during winter, then when the pine tree seedlings start to show up, proceed to transplant it outdoors in spring, that way it has spring, summer, and fall to grown and maturate for winter.
· In order to grow your Pine trees, the watering requirements are once or twice a week.
· If you are planning to grow more than one Pine you have to set them apart 40 feet away from each other.
Now that you know the considerations to keep in mind in order to grow your Pine tree is time to go through the things you will need: