- Japanese Five-Needles Pine ? a symbol of vitality and immortality
- Fresh seeds from recent harvest
- 10 seeds per packet
- With detailed instructions for successful potting
- The natural habitat of the Japanese Pine Tree is Asia, where it can be found mainly in sunny mountain regions from Japan
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SAFLAX - Japanese White Pine - Pinus parviflora - 10 seeds
Japanese Five-Needles Pine - a symbol of vitality and immortality
Outside its natural habitat the Japanese White Pine can grow in the open six to eight meters tall. It develops at an early age a conical and later irregular-shaped crown that sits on branches arranged in tiers. Typical for pine trees, there are always five of the 5 cm long needles building one tussock. That?s where the alternate name, Japanese Five-Needles Pine, comes from. During spring it develops numerous red-coloured blossoms. At the fresh sprouting twigs it grows only 7 mm long, rose-coloured male cones that are pollinating other trees through wind pollination. The bigger female cones remain brown-coloured and often for a couple of years on the branches of the tree. In the Far East the pine tree stands for immortality and vitality. Two pine trees planted close to each other symbolize love and fidelity. Since it can easily be cultivated as a bonsai tree, in Japan, the Japanese White Pine is considered the leading tree for bonsai cultivation.
Natural Location: The natural habitat of the Japanese Pine Tree is Asia, where it can be found mainly in sunny mountain regions from Japan until South Korea.
Cultivation: Seed propagation indoors is possible throughout the year. To increase the germinability, you should initially keep the seeds in the refrigerator for about a week - then place them for another 24 hours in a bowl with lukewarm water for priming. After that, plant the seeds about 1 cm deep into moist potting compost and cover the seed container with clear film to prevent the earth from drying out. Don't forget to make some holes in the clear film and take it every second or third day completely off for about 2 hours. That way you avoid mold formation on your potting compost. Place the seed container somewhere bright and warm with a temperature between 20° C and 25° Celsius and keep the earth moist, but not wet. Usually it takes four to ten weeks until germination. Another two months later you can prick out the sprouts.
Place: The Japanese White Pine prefers a sunny and modest dry place, so its needles can develop with a strong colour. It doesn't need a special soil for cultivation, but see that the earth is neither dry for a longer period nor too wet with waterlogging. A solitary place outdoors would be ideal for your plant.
Care: A modest watering would be sufficient, while only the upper layer of the soil should dry out between the watering periods. From March until November you also may give fluid fertilizer for conifer trees every four weeks. Yellow needles on three-year old branches are nothing to worry since the tree will cast those old needles off.
During Winter: In winter you may frost-protect the clotted roots of the tree in its first years. After that, the Japanese White Pine will be solid frost-hardy.
Bonsai ability: Yes
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