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Pine Cones - how do you plant them?
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phyllis    Posted 10-18-2003 at 21:10:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Think I've heard something about soaking pine cones and taking the individual things off of them to plant. Does anybody know for sure how to go about this -- or do you just plant the entire pinecone? Thanks.

JoeK    Posted 10-19-2003 at 07:10:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never had much luck startin evergreens..Guess nature does it best.Check w/your Co Ag/Forestry Dept.Around here they have annual tree seedling sales for restoration of woodlots/windbreaks/tree farms.If I recall right evergreen,Spruce,pine etc are only a couple bucks a seedling(preorder req)delivery at plantin time.Or cruise a friends woodland for seedlings(w/permission as"timber theft" is a crime in some areas).

deadcarp    Posted 10-18-2003 at 22:11:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
the nursery at badoura pays for pine cones, sorts them, bakes the seeds out, plants them in rows and weeds and tends them like garden plants for 2-5 years, then harvests, ships & sells the seedlings back. they charge from 5 cents to 25 cents/seedling and lose every year so it's a good thing they're tax-supported. :)

Pointy end up..    Posted 10-18-2003 at 21:58:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Shoots grow up,
Roots grow down,
We will have to fire, freeze, flood or season this cone some other way.
For seeds to sprout!

Dang what kind of tree did this pine cone fall out of?


Ron,Ar    Posted 10-18-2003 at 21:48:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess it would depend on where you live, but why would anyone want to plant a pine cone?

phyllis    Posted 10-18-2003 at 22:14:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe it was a Slash Pine, and they are beautiful and seem to grow very good where we're at. We planted one maybe 4 or 5 years ago that we scooped up in a little styrofoam cup that was in my aunt's yard. It's probably 30 feet tall now, and beautiful. It has not made any pine cones yet, but we got a couple more from her tree and husband wanted to know how to go about planting them.

RN    Posted 10-18-2003 at 23:59:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alex has it somewhat right- need to check with Forestry people on harvest and plant. Mostly low heat bake cone to open it to collect seeds- some pine seeds then need a overwinter type procedure- as mix seeds with sand and stick in refrigerator a month or two before planting, otherwise very low to no germination. Soaking may work better on other seeds. RN.

Oh, and thanks for the ti    Posted 10-18-2003 at 22:16:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the help - i appreciate it.

Ron,Ar    Posted 10-18-2003 at 22:22:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
was not trying to be a smark aleck, we just have nothing else but pines around here and could not imagine anyone besides a paper company planting pine trees.

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