How To Water And Care For Baby Potted Pine Trees To Make Them Last Longer Indoors

I’m looking forward for the most wonderful time of the year to sing Christmas carols, decorate my lovely potted pine tree and the house, drink mulled cinnamon wine and just be jolly.

Recently, I was announced by my family that this year I’ll be hosting the Christmas dinner and I am so happy about this. After thinking and re-thinking the menu, I start thinking about the Christmas table decorations, and I will tell what I have in my mind.

Besides the red tablecloth, Santa’s little helpers folded napkins and candles I was thinking in placing near the fireplace and table a few miniature potted pine trees. They will release that enchanted pine scent, creating the perfect Christmas environment during the holidays.

Of course, I’ll keep this tiny pine trees around the heat source only for a few hours, because I’m planning in planting them outside after the holidays and enjoy their evergreen scent throughout the entire year. Some people throw them after the holidays without thinking that they can plant these miniature pine trees in the garden and grow beautiful Christmas trees. Just reconsider before tossing these spectacular living decorations!


But, before taking action, let me teach how to care for these miniature pine trees if you want them last longer.

Since not many baby pine trees will grow indoors, you have to choose them wisely. The most adaptable pine tree is Norfolk Island Pine which is a topical conifer.

  • The most important thing is to wait until the plant accommodates with your home environment and then repot it. Most Christmas trees are rootbound and need fresh soil in order to transplant it in the next size pot. Add quality potting soil 3 to 4 weeks after you brought it into your home.
  • The second most important thing is to keep this living baby pine trees away from radiators or any heat sources that may dry the plant. Heat is the most fearful enemy of these plants.
  • It’s advisable to keep these baby pine trees in a cool area of the house and avoid sudden temperature changes. Of course, you may bring them in for the holidays but no longer than a few hours.
  • The soil must be slightly moist before watering. Remember to remove the foil wrap before watering, because it holds the water that drains from the pot causing root rot.
  • These baby pine trees require consistent moisture throughout the entire year, even in winter. So, you should water thoroughly when the top of the soil feels completely dry.

Indoor Baby Pine Trees Watering Schedule


  • When keeping baby pines inside for holiday display, it’s very important that you do not allow their soil to dry out.
  • Baby pines keep their foliage during the winter, when they are subject to drying conditions both indoors and out.
  • If that happens, they will not recover even if you plant them in the ground outside.
  • Keep them evenly moist by placing their containers in a bucket filled with an inch or two of water for consistent moisture.
  • Or you can keep the soil evenly moist by putting crushed ice over the top of it in the container.


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