Most people grow pine trees in their gardens as it makes the garden attractive. Pine trees are the most common coniferous trees grown (evergreen trees) worldwide. Like any other tree, pine trees also have their specific habitat requirements. Pine tree species are sun-loving that do not grow well in shady conditions. If we talk about their growth, soil nutrient levels, soil pH and proper sunlight play an important role.
Let’s talk about the Growth Of the Pine Trees:
There are nearly 125 Species of pine trees found worldwide. But when we talk about the growth of pine trees then it is divided into 03 subcategories:
On average these trees grow between 1ft to 2ft per year.
Trees achieve a growth rate of over 3ft per year. Examples:-Afghan Pine, Aleppo Pine, White Pine, etc.
These trees grow up to a maximum of 1ft annually. Examples:-Virginia pine & longleaf pine
c). Medium-fast growth:
These trees grow up to 1ft to 2ft annually. Examples:-Red pine and Austrian pines.
How to grow a pine tree?
Pine trees are distinct from other trees as they belong to the Pinaceae family, aka conifer. Growing these trees is a challenging task. Its growth requires a lot of patience & determination.
#1. Choose The Pine Species According To Your Soil And Climate: Before choosing a pine seed for your area ask the seller about the growing environments because some types of pine trees are used for landscaping. So, choose the seed according to your living environment and climate.
#2. Decide Where To Grow Seedling: Decide between using bare-root seedlings or seedlings grown in a container. As bare root pine seedling is planted when pine trees are dormant (i.e during late fall and winter) and Container-grown seedlings can be planted at any time by taking care of some particular conditions according to the weather.
#3. Choose The Right Area To Plant Your Tree: As the growth of a pine tree requires proper sunlight. So, choose the area accordingly where the tree gets the proper sunlight during the cooler parts of the day.
Uses Of Pine Tree:
The wood obtained from these trees is widely used for high-value carpentry items like -Window frames, paneling, roofing, & furniture
The pine tree is softwood. These trees store turpentine in It & give a distinct aroma on burning.
c). Turpentine Oil:
The resin of some species is a rich source of turpentine oil. These resins are harvested from living pine trees
d). Religious purpose & Decoration:
They are commercially grown & harvested for Christmas decorations and used as a Christmas tree.
e). Livestock bedding:
Dry pine needles are used for bedding purposes for domestic animals in Himalayas
The needles of pine trees are a source of food for caterpillars.
Pine trees are the longest living trees on the earth as these trees live for around thousands of years. So, if you are looking for growing these trees in your home garden to make it more attractive then take your decision more wisely by reading the above points.