How To Plant White Pine Seedlings


White pine is native to the U.S. and grows naturally over much of the northern Midwest. These massive trees reach heights of 80 feet and spreads of 40 feet (see Reference 1). White pine is hardy through zones 3 to 8 (see Reference 1), so it grows best in cooler climates. Planting white pine seedlings is not difficult, as long as you have room in your yard for this fast-growing evergreen tree.

Step 1

Choose a spot in your yard for planting the seedlings. White pine likes full sun, although it can handle partial shade (see Reference 1). White pine needs slightly moist, sandy or loamy well-drained soil in which to thrive (see Reference 3). If your soil is too clay-like, add sand and organic material, such as compost or manure, and work it into a depth of 4 feet.

Step 2

Prepare the soil. Pull any weeds around the area you wish to plant and remove rocks with a rake.

Step 3

Plant white pine seedlings in the spring while the weather is still cool. This will give the white pine a chance to establish itself before winter.

Step 4

Dig holes for the seedlings. Dig as deep as the roots and twice as wide (see Reference 2).

Step 5

Place the seedlings in the holes. Fill the holes halfway with soil and then water the trees. Allow the water to soak into the soil. Fill the holes with soil and pat down firmly.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep a white pine seedling's roots constantly moist before planting or the tree may die (see Reference 2).


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