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Ideas for My Sad Pine Tree

Last summer I thought I "saved" a vermont pine tree that had decided to grow in a huge rock thats on my lawn. I transplanted it into a pot and it seemed to be doing well, now I've brought it in due to the severity of winter up in the northeast kingdom (5-6 ft snow) and now it seems unhappy. Are there any ideas you have for my poor sad pine?



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November 21, 20040 found this helpful

Your little pine tree is too warm, after all was used to living out in the snow and now in a hot home. It would be much happier outside or in the coolest part of your home and also mist it once and a while. It did get some of the needed water from rain and your home is much drier than it is used to. I have the same problem with minature roses they like it cooler than a home is that is heated with wood. I keep it in a bedroom that is closed off for the winter doesn't freeze but is much cooler than the rest of the house.

Does better in there.

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November 21, 20040 found this helpful

Hi - I am no expert but I think you need to plant your tree outside-it is

native to severe winters . You might need to weather it a bit. You might

want to put burlap around, probably support with three teepee stakes.

Trees are very resilient. Read on how deep to plant for size. Or ask a

nurseryman in your area. I will try to read on this.

- Karen

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November 21, 20040 found this helpful

I agree that it is probably too hot. Put it in a cooler part of the house, then the garage or somewhere cold, then back outside. Make sure to protect it so it doesn't freeze too early.


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November 21, 20040 found this helpful

Also in the Spring and again in the summer, take some fireplace ash and place it on top of soil. Water as you noramlly would. This provides great fertilizer for the plant. But plants don't like to be fertlized over winter as this is there resting phase.

Good luck


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November 22, 20040 found this helpful

Thank you all so much for the advice! heres a little more info...he was "born" this last spring in a huge rock hes never felt the winter hiself...and hes only gotten about 4" to plant him outside at this time would sure cause his demise..the crack that he found his life begining in was barely a half inch of dirt if that, in a small crack in rock! i have photos of before and after but dont know if i can post them here..i do think that its too hot..and i also thought it maybe more thirsty than most plants...ive moved him to a outside window so he can enjoy the coolness and sunshine!

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November 22, 20040 found this helpful

I think it needs to be in the ground not in the house. These kind of trees can be planted from November to March usually so you need a hole deep and wide enough to take the roots comfortably. Put a little fertiliser (organic) mixed with good soil in the bottom in a kind of heap. Put in the tree and spread the roots out as much as possible then fill in with fine soil so that as much as possible is between all the roots. Then fill in - stake it as someone else suggested, with 3 posts round it (but not in contact), make sure there's a good layer or soil and something like leaves or mulch on top for insulation and leave it - it should be ok then. Indoors is not the place for pine trees for sure.

Hope this helps,


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December 1, 20040 found this helpful

I wouldn't suggest you use wood ash for an acid loving plant. Wood ash does have lots of goodies, but can be used as a substitute for lime which will make the soil more alkaline.

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If you want something gentle and natural as a fertilizer for your pine, use compost.

I agree that it should be outside. If you've had it in the house for several days/weeks, you will have to slowly get it accustomed to the cooler temps outdoors again. It sprouted outdoors and was slowly getting used to the colder temps. That is how they grow in the wild and no one brings them indoors.

Good luck with your pine.


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February 4, 20050 found this helpful

Pine trees like sand and rock. Most of the advise abouve is ok, though I would skip the fertilizer. Pines do not like their roots buried and was probably quite happy on the rock. Look at other pines around and try to duplicate the natural conditions. Pines are drought tolarant when established and do not like to have wet roots all the time.

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May 23, 20050 found this helpful

i moved from new york to arizona, we had a pine tree from a seedling in a pot in new york we brought it with us to arizona and now the needles turned brown and are falling off how could i save my tree. i brought it in the house out of the heat. is there any thing else i could do to save the tree from dieing

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