How to Plant a Pine Tree Cutting


Thirty-five different species of pine trees grow in North America ranging in height from less than 10 feet to over 150. Growing a pine tree from cuttings is a challenge, but it can be accomplished. You can plant pine tree cuttings from one tree to grow a number of others. Follow steps using the items required to ensure the best results. Plan to get your cuttings in the winter when the pine tree is dormant.

Step 1

Fill the pot or container with drainage holes full with potting soil. Water the soil to make it moist.

Step 2

Cut a 6-inch long cutting from a pine tree branch. Use a sharp knife to remove the needles and part of the bark from the cutting. This is known as "wounding," which stimulates rooting on evergreens.

Step 3

Dip the pine cutting into the rooting hormone. Shake the cutting to remove any excess hormone matter.

Step 4

Make a hole about 2 inches deep in the potting soil with a finger. Place the pine cutting into the hole carefully so you don't remove the rooting hormone.

Step 5

Add more soil around the planted pine cutting if needed for it to stay upright. Cover the entire pot or container with plastic to retain moisture, which is vital to promote root growth.

Step 6

Put the pot in an area with light, but not direct sunlight. Check the soil's moisture level often and use a spray bottle to mist it to keep the soil damp.

Step 7

Check for root growth by gently pulling on the pine cutting. If there is resistance, the pine cutting is rooting.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Knife
  • Rooting hormone
  • Pot or container
  • Potting soil
  • Plastic bag
  • Water
  • Spray bottle


  • North Carolina State University: Plant Propagation by Stem Cuttings
  • Propagating Deciduous and Evergreens with Stem Cuttings
  • Colorado State University: Propagating Trees and Shrubs

Who Can Help

  • Tree Help: Pine
  • Arbor Day Tree Guide: Pine
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