The Italian Stone pine tree is a very low-maintenance pine that is native to the Mediterranean area. It produces pine nuts, which are common in Mediterranean cooking. In America, the tree thrives in hardiness zones 7 through 9, and requires little care once you plant it. The Italian Stone pine tree does best in full sun with light watering and no fertilisation.
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Things you need
- Hand spade
Plant the Italian Stone pine tree in a site that gets a full eight hours of sunlight daily. The soil should be well-draining. Plant in a site that can accommodate its mature height of up to 80 feet and its mature width of up to 45 feet.
Weed around the tree once a week during the growing season. Remove weeds by pulling them up by hand, or by digging them out with a garden hoe or hand spade.
Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. When you do water the pine tree, only water enough to settle the soil. The Italian Stone pine tree is very drought-tolerant and thrives in drier conditions.
Tips and warnings
- It can take up to 15 years for Italian Stone pine trees to produce pine nuts, so be patient with your tree if it is young.
- Do not fertilise the tree. It grows best in average soil to poor soil conditions.
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