Planting Seeds



Eastern White Pine Fun Facts: 

  • Transplants easily.
  • Works well for windbreaks.
  • Is widely used as a Christmas tree.
  • Features long, slender, blue-green needles, sometimes reaching 5″ in length, grown in bundles of 5 that are soft and flexible.
  • Produces elongated brown cones that are 3–8″ in length. Each is curved slightly and has smooth scales.
  • Grows in an oval, pyramidal shape.
  • Is sensitive to air pollution, road salt and soil compaction.

Spring is usually the best time to plant white pine. Soil moisture is usually good, and cooler conditions help prevent young seedlings from drying. In southern Minnesota planting is usually best from early April to early May. In northern Minnesota, planting is recommended from late April to mid-May.

Soil Type: Prefers fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Can be found on dry, rocky ridges and wet bogs. Intolerant of air pollutants.

Zones: 3 to 7

Stratification Requirement:

Float the seeds in a bucket of water overnight to determine which are viable. Discard any seeds that float since their embryo is likely dead. Drain off the water and remove the seeds that sank. Place the white pine seeds in a freezer bag filled with lightly moistened perlite. Store them in the refrigerator for one to three months. Remoisten the perlite whenever it feels mostly dry.

Fall Planting: Plant your seeds outdoors before the ground freezes in your area (late September to early November). Your seeds will naturally stratify during the cold winter. Germination usually occurs in May or during the spring season.

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P.S. If you haven’t read the Prairie Pine Designs story as to why we plant trees, click here.

Happy Planting!