Pinus Echinata (Shortleaf Pine)

Pinus Echinata (Shortleaf Pine)

$60.00 inc. GST

Pot Size: Approx. 9cm(Ø) x 7cm(H)

Pot color and size may vary and change subject to availability

Pinus Echinata, the Shortleaf Pine, is a species of pine native to the eastern United States from southernmost New York State, south to northern Florida, west to eastern Oklahoma, and southwest to eastern Texas.

  • The tree is variable in form, sometimes straight, sometimes crooked, with an irregular crown.
  • This tree reaches heights of 20–30 meters (65–100 ft) with a trunk diameter of 0.5–0.9 meters (1 ft 8 in–2 ft 11 in).
  • The leaves are needle-like, in fascicles (bundles) of two and three mixed together, and from 7–11 cm (2 3⁄4–4 1⁄4 in) long.
  • The cones are 4–7 cm (1 1⁄2–2 3⁄4 in) long, with thin scales with a transverse keel and a short prickle.
  • They open at maturity but are persistent.
  • Shortleaf pine seedlings develop a persistent J-shaped crook near the ground surface.
  • Axillary and other buds form near the crook and initiate growth if the upper stem is killed by fire or is severed.
LIGHT
  • When nightly lows do not dip below 40 degrees, your bonsai should be placed outside, such as on a patio, balcony, terrace or in a garden.
  • Once outside, your bonsai should be positioned where it will receive sufficient sun – morning sun and afternoon shade is best.
WATER
  • Apply water when the soil appears dry – never allow the soil to become completely dry.
  • If your bonsai is receiving full sun, it may be necessary to water once a day.
  • Evaluate each tree’s water requirements and adjust your watering schedule to accommodate it.
  • It is a good idea to use a moisture meter until you get to know the requirements of your bonsai tree.
  • Watering should be done with a watering can or hose attachment which should dispense the water in a soft enough manner as not to disturb the soil.
  • Water should be applied until it begins running out of the holes in the bottom of your pot.
FERTILIZER
  • Fertilizing is also necessary if your bonsai is to remain healthy and beautiful.
  • Since your bonsai is growing in such a small amount of soil it is necessary to replenish the soil’s supply of nutrients periodically.
  • Any general-purpose liquid fertilizer will do fine and is available at most garden centers.
  • Suggested fertilizers will be used at half their recommended strength.
  • Your bonsai will also respond well to foliar feeding, with a water-soluble fertilizer applied every other month as a spray.

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