How To Successfully Grow Pine Trees; A Professional Gardener’s Guide

You too want a pine tree. Or two? Well… who doesn’t?

These needle-like leaves-bearing trees with seed-bearing cones are not just a gem to wildlife and our ecosystem.

Think about it:

When you grow pine trees on your property, they;

  1. Serve as natural windbreakers, protecting your home from harsh winter wind damages
  2. Preserve your landscape from soil erosion
  3. Increase the value of your property over time
  4. Become the centerpiece for your outdoor Christmas decorations
  5. Offer you a low-maintenance landscape by naturally killing grasses
  6. And the perks go on…

But the big question is:

How to successfully grow pine tree and maintain it without stress or overspending.

Well, that’s what this article is about.

In addition to this:

You will also understand…

  • How to get pine trees to grow faster
  • How to choose the best soil for pine trees
  • Powerful baby pine tree care to avoid stunted/slow growth or death
  • What is the best fertilizer for pine trees?
  • How to store pine tree seedlings
  • How to prepare a planting medium for pine cone seeds
  • And more.

Sounds great? Yeah?

Let’s start with…

How To Grow Pine Tree From Seeds

My favorite technique:

Why? Because it’s a more challenging process and there’s a lot of experiences to gain along the way. Remember the good old cliché “the destination is not as fruitful as the journey”?

Now know this:

Some must-know facts about growing pine trees from seeds…

  1. Preparing the seed for planting can take between 30 and 60 days. It boils down to the climate and the pine tree species.
  2. This technique is also called “growing pine tree from pine cones
  3. The seeds may take up to 1 year to sprout and be ready for outdoor transplant

So, here’s how to grow pine trees from pine cones:

STAGE 1; Harvest Pine Cones Or One

Remember this always:

Harvest MATURED cones and do this only in Autumn. Here’s why. Matured cones bear fertile seeds. Likewise, autumn comes just before winter when you’ll need to stratify the seeds.

After that:

Put the harvested cones in a sack and place them in a dark, warm, and well-ventilated room until they dry. But make sure you go there every few days to shake the sack until the day they all drop off.

Moving on to…

STAGE 2; Stratify The Seeds

Okay, that sounds technical:

In layman’s terms, stratification is when you allow seeds to freeze for a period. Naturally, pine seeds will fall from the cones and get buried under the winter snow outdoor till Spring.

So, how do you make up for this?

Put the fallen dried seeds in the freezer and remove them just 60-90 days before the last Spring. After that, allow them to cool before soaking in lukewarm water for 24/48hrs.


Afterward, remove the seed and drain without getting them dried completely. Finally, put them in a resealable plastic bag and place them in the low freezer for 60-90 days.

Now, what’s next?

STAGE 3; Prepare A Planting Medium

After the 60-90 days:

The next question is how to prepare a planting medium for pine cone seeds.

Well, here’s how:

How To Prepare A DIYer Home-made Pine Seed Potting Medium

First, the ingredients you need:

  1. Coir peat (1 part)
  2. Vermiculite (1 part)
  3. Sieved compost (2 part)
  4. Vermicast or worm castings (½ part)

Note; by “PART”, I mean, a part of the size of the medium you intend to make. And that depends on the number of seeds you’re planting.

For example:

Suppose you’re gunning for a 45kg medium. Your “1 part” coir peat would be 10kg, vermiculite (10kg), sieved compost (20kg), and worm casting (5kg).

Get it? Good.

Now, after purchasing all those ingredients from your grocery store, let’s start mixing. Ready?

First thing:

  • STEP 1; put on your gloves
  • STEP 2; prepare warm water half the size of your coir peat in a container
  • STEP 3; presoak your coir peat in there and loosen with a trowel after it rehydrates
  • STEP 4; mix your prepared, fluffy coir peat in step 3 with vermiculite in equal sizes
  • STEP 5; finally, pour in both your sieved compost and worm casting and mix

And there you have your homemade pine seed potting medium.

Note; keep the PH level at 4.5 or 60. You can check with a meter. Also, always store your medium in a container with a lid.

Psst; another option is to purchase packaged potting mix if you don’t want to go through making it yourself.

Moving on to…

STAGE 4; Prepare The Sand

At this stage:

You want to prepare the sand where you’re planting those seeds.

And here’s the first step to this:

Choose The Best Soil For Pine Trees/Seeds

Straight guide:

Choose dry soil with a medium PH level. Though pine seeds/trees can grow better on soil with high alkalinity/salinity. I highly recommend beach sand for this reason.

After this:

Prepare The Soil


In this step, all you have to do is mix your sand, the prepared potting medium in stage 3, and some fine pine barks together.

Done? Great. Moving on:

STAGE 5; Plant The Seeds

Almost there:

So now, get a 4-inches-deep container and fill it with your prepared sand. Plant one seed per container and place them on the window where the sun reaches.

Note; even though you must water adequately, it’s always best that the soil doesn’t get soggy. So, I recommend drilling a mini water outlet in the container.

FINAL STAGE; Transplant

And here we go:

Once you notice the seedlings reach 8-9inches, carry them outdoor for transplanting.


And it’s a wrap:

Planting pine trees is not only a great way to support the go-green movement. There’s a lot of perks you’re getting as a pine tree planter. But planting one successfully can be daunting.


I hope this guide has helped you to plant yours successfully. Meanwhile, use the comment box below if you’ve questions or thoughts to share.

Rooting for you!


Author: Ibrahim Clouds

Hey! Ibrahim Clouds here. I am a weekend DIYer seriously crazy about home appliance projects/repairs and your go-to guy for great tips/nuggets/answers to all home appliance-related topics. And my job? Other than helping you here on Housechime, I also write Amazon listing copies (largely for home appliance sellers), and work as a ghost PR officer for some SMBs.

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