How to Grow Pine Trees in Florida


Florida has a variety of native trees, including seven types of pine trees. One of those varieties is the slash pine. Slash pines require watering the first few months after planting, but do not require watering after roots are established and don't need fertilizer. Such low-maintenance characteristics make the slash pine an ideal tree for Florida yards.

Step 1

Plant your tree in an area that can accommodate slash pines' adult height of up to 40 to 50 feet. Stay away from power or utility lines. Plant away from structures to avoid the need for excessive pruning.

Step 2

Dig a hole for your pine tree sapling, using a shovel. The hole should be as deep as the tree's root ball or as deep as container, and two times as wide as the root ball or container. Save soil for backfill.

Step 3

Remove the tree from container or remove burlap from root ball. Gently loosen the soil from the sides of the container. Place the pot on its side and pull the tree out of the pot. Gently shake excess soil from the root ball. Gently loosen the roots once the container is out of the pot or the burlap.

Step 4

Place the tree in center of hole. Backfill the soil around the tree, using the shovel. Water thoroughly. Do not fertilize when planting.

Step 5

Spread mulch around the tree and the planting area. To avoid rot, leave several inches around the trunk bare. Any type of commercially purchased mulch is fine, but avoid using cypress mulch harvested from Florida's endangered cypress forests.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you fertilize a slash pine, use only weak acidic fertilizer.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Mulch


  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Pine Trees of Florida
  • "The Trees of Florida;" Gil Nelson; 1998.
  • "Natural Florida Landscaping;" Dan Walton and Laura Schiller; 2007.
Keywords: slash pine, native tree, Florida yard

About this Author

Carmel Perez Snyder is a freelance writer living in Florida. She attended the University of Missouri and has been a journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in the AARP Bulletin, the Oklahoma Gazette, the Amarillo Globe-News, and eHow.