Indoor Pine Tree

Discussion in 'Indoor and Greenhouse Plants' started by NoGrThumb, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. NoGrThumb

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    I would like to purchase a Pine Tree that is being offered. I would like to cut about 2 feet off of the top (but won't without the knowledge to do so). I wonder, would it be a bad idea or is it done? I am very inexperienced with plants and trees so this is purely from a 'cosmetic' view.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Pines don't do well indoors, and cutting the top off is also very bad for them (it would make it look very ugly, and may kill it). Sorry!
     
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    Thank you Michael, i didn't know that. I see so many of them on CraigsList and are all potted. so, if i just plant it outside (any particular area?) would that be the best- i guess. thing is, if it has been indoors and is 3 1/2 feet, does it need to be climatized or is this just an outdoor tree and it will be fine?
     
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    Thank you Michael, i didn't know that. I see so many of them on CraigsList and are all potted. so, if i just plant it outside (any particular area?) would that be the best- i guess. thing is, if it has been indoors and is 3 1/2 feet, does it need to be climatized or is this just an outdoor tree and it will be fine?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Depends on what species of pine - there's about 115 species altogether, many hardy, others not hardy. Can you get a photo? Or get the full scientific name? (should be Pinus something)
     
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    Pines don't do well indoors, as I sadly found out when when my girlfriend brought home a "living" Christmas tree. It started drying out right away and died in about a month. If you want an indoor pine, try the Norfolk Island Pine, which can do well indoors, as long as you give it humidity and keep temperatures below 21 degrees Celsius.
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    That is true, Eric, I forgot to point that out. Looks quite pine-like, though, so should serve well as a replacement.
     

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