MINI THEME TREE
TemperatureIdeal 50-75° F. Once acclimated, tolerates 10-90° F.
LightPrefers full sun. This pine should do well indoors for 4-6 weeks but is not suitable as a long-term houseplant so after the holidays, get it outdoors, temperature willing.
WaterConstantly moist. Never allow soil to dry completely or remain soggy. Good drainage is important.
FertilizerAny well-balanced plant fertilizer can be used; slow release capsules work well.
SoilPeat moss, firs bark: 50-50 mix is good. But outdoors, almost any well draining soil seems to suffice.
USDA Zone(s)Zones 8-10. Click here for a zone map.
AvailabilityNovember - December
After Care
These trees are intended to be enjoyed indoors during the holidays. They need lots of light and good air circulation. Keep away from heater vents. When watering, soak soil well, then drain excess; do not let it sit in water. Keep the soil nicely moist at all times. Indoors, needles toward the base of the trunk will naturally start browning in a few months. These are just old needles dying off. If all the needles turn brown, the plant is probably dead or dying and beyond help. After the holidays, take the tree outdoors if the weather is not too cold and let it enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Keep watered unless there is enough rain to do the job. When danger of frost is past, plant it in your yard if you have enough space. This tree can grow to heights of 60-80 feet and gets quite bushy and large so it is not suitable for a small yard. Keep watered through the summer and protect it well in the winter if temperatures fall. Once acclimated and well established, can withstand mild frosts but must be well protected if freezing temperatures persist. If necessary, the plant can continue to be grown in a pot but try to take it outdoors as soon as temperatures allow. It will probably need repotting to a larger pot in the spring. Remove the tree, root ball and all, from the pot. If roots look root bound, take a small pointed stick and loosen the outer roots gently before resetting it in the new soil. Press new soil firmly around the root ball and water well. Keep moist there after. Place outdoors in a sunny, well ventilated area but bring indoors when the weather turns cold. Pine can grow naturally in almost any soil. This pine can also be grown as a bonsai (potted plant trimmed to remain miniature in size