How to Care for Indoor Pine Trees

Overview

Pines inside your home offer beauty and aroma, especially around the holidays. To achieve success with a potted evergreen, routine care and maintenance is essential. Pines require plenty of water when potted indoors versus being grown in their natural habitat. Providing this along with additional care will give you years of enjoyment from your potted evergreens.

Step 1

Pot the evergreen in the proper soil. Soil should be supportive of the trunk and provide a stable environment. Provide a 3-to-1 ratio mixture of peat and sand in the soil.

Step 2

Maintain a cool environment. Pines will enjoy a bright and cool location, with only a few hours of direct sunlight each day. Turn the planter weekly to prevent tilting if sunlight is only available from one direction.

Step 3

Fertilize the soil with an indoor foliage plant fertilizer when the plant is growing. Follow the instructions on the package for proper dosage. Only feed when the plant is actively growing, not in dormant winter months.

Step 4

Water the plant well and often. Apply water to the pot when the top 1 inch of soil has become dry. Pour water through the pot until the excess drains from the bottom of the pot.

Step 5

Provide humidity indoors for the plant. Pines require 50 percent humidity, which is hard to achieve indoors. Run a humidifier indoors in winter months to maintain the tree's comfort.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • Peat
  • Sand
  • Fertilizer
  • Humidifier

References

  • Purdue University: Purdue Yard and Garden News
  • Utah State University: Christmas Tree Selection and Care
  • University of Florida: Norfolk Island Pine
Keywords: indoors evergreen, indoor pine, potted pine care