Facts and Steps to Plant and Care for a Canadian Pinion Pine
The Canadian Pinion Pine is an evergreen tree, one of the most sought-after ones, in the farmer’s market right around Christmas season. Its tidy appearance and heat resilience make it an appealing addition to lawns and backyards. The Canadian pinion pine tree is popular for its efficient water usage. These tough trees proliferate in Southwest America where the annual precipitation is no more than 15 inches. It grows greenish yellow needles that are around 2 inches long. The cones produced from the tree look similar to red roses.
Canadian pinion pine trees are very slow growing trees. It reaches a mature height of 7 feet after about 60 years of growth. If left undisturbed with sufficient precipitation, these trees can live for as long as 600 years!
Grow a Canadian pinion pine from a seed
The first thing you ought to do is nurse the seed into a small sapling. To do this, just place a Canadian pinion pine seed in a container with some water and leave it overnight. The next day, take the seed out from the container and place it in one half of the paper towel and fold the other half over it. Sprinkle some water on the folded paper towel, place it into an airtight bag and zip it shut. It’s important you place this sealed bag somewhere out in a warm shaded location. Avoid placing it in sunlight because that can hinder germination of the seed. Check the seed every day and moisten the towel until it starts to split open.
Planting the seedling
Once the seed cracks open and a taproot protrudes from it, it is time to start preparing for plantation. Fill around 75% of the container with fertile potting soil and make a depression in the center of the container with your finger. Now, place the sapling root down into the hole and add soil over the seed. It’s best that you place the seed in a way that the seed head is right below the soil surface. Pour some water on the soil to moisten it and place the pot under direct sunlight. Now you should start monitoring the seedling until it grows outside the soil surface and produces needles. Once the needle growth completely leaves the seed husk, you can transplant the plant into a bigger pot!
Transplanting the baby tree
Take a 1-gallon container and fill it up to 75% with potting soil and make an adequate indentation in it. Then use a trowel to carefully remove the plant without damaging the root ball and place it inside the indentation of the big pot. Fill soil around the sapling and moisten the soil with water. You must place this pot in a sunny place. When the tree reaches a decent size, you can transfer it into a location with acidic, well-drained soil. Place the tree so that the root ball is firmly inside the hole.
Canadian pinion pine care
If you’re going to plant this sturdy giant, January is usually the ideal time. You don’t have to water them periodically all thanks to their camel-like efficiency of water usage. Once these trees develop a waxy cuticle and high internal pitch, they will need very little water. These trees can withstand arid and dry climate quite well. However, make sure you don’t keep the soil around this tree waterlogged because that’s one of the few things that can kill it. Make sure that you water the Canadian pinion pine sapling regularly until they reach a stable size. After the final transplantation into the soil, regular watering is also recommended to facilitate adaptation into the new environment.