I recently snatched up ten seeds on eBay, and I really don’t wanna mess up with this rare species. They seem to be from a frost-free area, so I don’t anticipate they’d benefit from stratification. Does anyone have any advice on preparation and planting, to better my chances of success?
Also, I’ve never seen pine-nuts in shell, but they seem big. I was told to look at their cotyledons on sprouting. Do they look legit?
I counted 23 cotyledons on one seedling. Are they legitimate?
Also, it seems we’re going through a rainy season… am I gonna have to place them under a roof? I’ve heard they’re sensitive to too much moisture (they’re current soil is a blend of pro mix and cactus soil).
Pine trees are not flowering plants; so, they don’t have cotyledons. It’s interesting how flat the initial seed leaves are. They’re not like the leaves on pines that I’m familiar with, but Google images show them like that.
I can’t answer the other questions, but in my experience, it’ll take at least 10 years. These are pretty slow growing trees. I planted a 1-2 year seedling at my parents’ in southern California in 2015 and it is only about 4 feet tall. Adult foliage didn’t appear until 2018, and it still has juvenile needles on the lower branches. It doesn’t get any irrigation, however, and it is much cooler in summer than in its native habitat, so it may grow faster in different conditions.
They’ve continued sprouting. I think I counted six last time I checked.
I’m growing them for the nuts. Ironically… I’ve never tastes any pine nut, so I can’t give a comparison. I’m not sure about hardiness either; most of what I’ve seen is speculation that they wouldn’t handle much due to being from a frost-free climate.
It stopped raining, so I’ve left them on the roof.