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Pine Cones??
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REDNECKMATT    Posted 11-29-2001 at 16:48:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anyone tell me the propper way to harvest pine cones for the seed? I would like to start some pine trees from seed.

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 11-30-2001 at 20:49:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Pick out a tree that is an outstanding example. Genetics are important in trees, too. Wait till the trees start dropping seeds naturally, then just gather a few cones from your tree. Try to pick a tree that is surrounded by others of the same variety, rather than a mixed forest. Pine seeds need to be planted very shallow, and the germination rates aren't all that high.
Scoot over to to learn more about propagating forest trees. Good luck.

ps: I know where yer comin' from. I picked up a cigarette pack full of acorns from a nice white oak the other day. Gonna bury'em and see what happens.

ShepFL    Posted 11-29-2001 at 18:40:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]

IMHO what you are proposing is an arduous process. I plant pine trees every year here in FL and have 3,000 coming next month. IF you want pines I would recommend you contact your local Forester or District Ranger. He should be able to put you in touch with a nursery that sells "bare root seedlings". The cost is usually nominal ($100/1000 down here aka 00.10/tree)These trees are already established and can be hand planted with a dibble or with a 3pth tree planter. If more info needed drop me a line.


Burrhead    Posted 11-29-2001 at 20:11:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
About the same deal here. I can order pine and oak 50/50 and they run about $100 per thousand delivered USPS.

REDNECKMATT    Posted 11-30-2001 at 07:49:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Burrhead were do you get oaks that cheap my source for seedlings is preaty salty for hard woods. Pines are resonable but but don't have room for enuff trees to get the big price break.

Burrhead    Posted 12-01-2001 at 13:23:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I order mine through the county extention office. They ship them from the nursery that contracts to the Texas Forestry Comm.

I'll see if I can find a webpage.

Salmoneye    Posted 11-29-2001 at 17:34:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Duuno where you are, but you will have to get the cones before they drop the seed.
Here in Vermont, depending on species, that was up to 2 months ago, and could run all the way to right now and even further.
I am told that there are some bristly pines out west that will not open the cones unless they are hit by wildfire.

I guess my point is that you will have to research the tree that you want to grow and call your local extension service to find out that kind of information.

Otherwise it is pretty straightforward. Gather mature cones before they open. This might even mean having to 'pick' the cones straight from the tree before they fall...

Donna    Posted 06-16-2005 at 12:29:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live in Colo., in the Rockie Mnts. and want to do a project decorating pine cones for center pieces for tables. I was just wondering when the best time of year was to gather them, either from the tree, or from the ground. Would like large, mature ones. Thanks

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