1. Move your potted seedling into full sun.
2. Turn the pot regularly so that it receives even amounts of light, this will prevent your tree from developing bald patches.
1. Add 10-12 mm of mulch in the immediate area around your pine seedling to insulate the roots and retain moisture in the soil.
1. Water the seedling every couple of weeks during dry, cold spells.
2. If a frost is expected at night, water the tree well during the day. Pine trees need to maintain moisture in the trunk and needles to prevent desiccation during severe frosts.
Your pine tree seedling is approximately 18 months old. It is still fairly vulnerable at its current age and size, but with the right care and attention, it will grow considerably over the next couple of years. Below, we have illustrated the kind of growth youcan expect from a seedling that has been transplanted into the ground.
1. Sprinkle the entire packet of prills around the
plant’s dripline (where water naturally pools).
2. Lightly scratch into the soil or, if transplanted outside, cover with topsoil or mulch.
3. Finally, water in the prills to start the feeding process.
By now, you should have re-potted your seedling into a bigger pot or planted it outside. If you have not done this, it’s not too late but do it soon! Trees are at their most vulnerable after transplanting so it is important to provide your seedling with the vital nutrients it needs to promote and establish a strong root system. You have been sent a packet of prills, which are a controlled release plant food. This pack contains all the goodness your tree needs to flourish. Activated by soil temperature, the prills release the nutrients when the tree needs it most. With a little care and attention your Christmas-tree-in-the-growing should give you years of joy to come.