How to Care for an Italian Stone Pine Tree

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How to Care for an Italian Stone Pine Tree
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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
  • Water

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    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.

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    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.

  3. 3

    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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