Bristlecone pine

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So here is my first BC pine, there is another one in the pot with it. I have tried BC seeds before without any luck. This time I just put some seeds in a pot out on the porch, and presto. I have had tropical Bonsai for years, but haven’t kept any pines. I have seen posts here that make me believe I can keep these guys alive. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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What Alex above said. Make sure your soil mix is roughly 70-80% sand / finely crushed lava rock or the such. Pines don't like soaked roots.
And make sure it gets enough chill hours come winter.

PS - where did you get BC pine seeds from, if I may ask?
 

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What is location/please add to profile. Be MOST careful with H2O on seedlings to prevent damp off. Your soil looks too organic/H2O retentive. Also must disagree on soil mix. Great fortune with 100% pumice with personal trees. Great aeration, drainage and no wetness(over moisture)ever. For very small trees use 1/16"-3/16" particle size. Sand holds too much H2O. Personally am keeping 2 P. aristata, 5 P. longaeva, 2 P. balfouraia. Once grew 5 P. balfouriana from seed and lost all from damp off:(.
 

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Where are you growing this? If you are on the east coast or deep south it will likely be a problem.
 

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What is location/please add to profile. Be MOST careful with H2O on seedlings to prevent damp off. Your soil looks too organic/H2O retentive. Also must disagree on soil mix. Great fortune with 100% pumice with personal trees. Great aeration, drainage and no wetness(over moisture)ever. For very small trees use 1/16"-3/16" particle size. Sand holds too much H2O. Personally am keeping 2 P. aristata, 5 P. longaeva, 2 P. balfouraia. Once grew 5 P. balfouriana from seed and lost all from damp off:(.
So, you actually have trees? Care to post a picture or two of them?
 

Rmcelroy

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What Alex above said. Make sure your soil mix is roughly 70-80% sand / finely crushed lava rock or the such. Pines don't like soaked roots.
And make sure it gets enough chill hours come winter.

PS - where did you get BC pine seeds from, if I may ask?
These seeds came from myseeds.com
 

Rmcelroy

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So, you actually have trees? Care to post a picture or two of them?
Right now I have a couple Brazilian rain trees, and some sceffalera‘s im starting. I had trees in the past but i lost them all to cat pee-and gin.
 

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Welcome to Crazy!

Don't worry about dormancy and temps, you'll be fine.

I heard Bham Alabam cold as hell!

Sorce
 

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Right now I have a couple Brazilian rain trees, and some sceffalera‘s im starting. I had trees in the past but i lost them all to cat pee-and gin.
Oh, sorry... my post was directed at Potsawatomi.
 

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I have not been able to grow one in Virginia. I think it hates the humidity.
 
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