Hello, I found your article very informative, but I would like to know how to keep pine twigs (Norway spruce) fresh to make daily tea. My source of spruces is a few miles away and I don't really want to drive to get them daily, just not ecologically worthwhile. Is there a way to keep them fresh (in a jug of water?), maybe for a week or preserve the needles for tea use in another way? Obviously I;d like to preserve the quality of the needles for as long as possible.
You can cut off the tips of the stems at a 45 degree angle and insert them in a container of water. Do not let the leaves sit in water. You also can set those in the refrigerator. Make sure the sprigs you harvest have not been sprayed with chemicals.
20+ yr old pine tree is being cut down for removal. Can you cut the top 10' off, delimb the lower 2' and place the top portion back into new ground and get it to continue growing?
No, but you could do that with the top 1 or 2' of the tree! This will be the only portion of the tip capable of producing roots. The smaller the cuttings, the better. Branch tips can root, as well!
We have a large pine tree in our yard. It leaks excessive amounts of sap all year round. The sap gets on our patio and tracked into the house. The tree is too large to cut down. Any advice on different ways we can fix this problem?
Unfortunately, short of cutting it down, there isn't much that you can do for pine sap production. As you have found out, it will produce, year-round!
There are ways to remove the sap once it is coating your stuff, but short of cutting it down, there isn't much else to be done.
Hello, I have a small potted pine tree that seems to be sick! I am very new to gardening but am trying my best . The needles are brown on the inner branches, there is white patches on the branches (possibly fungus?), the tips of the needles have browned and have white tips , also the soil looks a little odd with white specs resembling sand but i might be just inexperienced ? Desperate to revive this tree and keep it healthy. Any advice would be most appreciated.
If the dots in the soil are moving, it could be soil mites. The bad news is they feed on decaying material, which could be the pine tree. Browning in the center of a pine can indicate root rot. The white could be scale insects. Here is more:
I have a couple of pencil pines in my front yard turning brown in colour, any suggestions on how to rectify?
Unfortunately, this has many causes. The solution will depend on the exact cause. This article will help you to get started:
First pine tree turned fully brown dead 2 yrs ago, now the pine tree next to it died over the summer this year. I am worried the other coniferous trees will succumb. HELP
These articles should help pinpoint the problem: