Sunday, December 16, 2018

Homesteading for Beginners - KOREAN PINE Tree Planting & Winterizing

Learn how to plant and winterize Korean Pine trees.

Korean Pine trees, also known as PINUS KORAIENSIS, are a relatively easy tree to plant. If you order them in the mail, they will likely come in a dirt ball that has been pre-inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi. As with other young trees, you want to get them in the ground ASAP. This variety of tree is a bit different though. You DO NOT need to soak them. Doing so will almost surely kill them as they are easily stressed and shocked during transplantation. This is why they come in a ball of their native soil.

An important thing to note with Korean Pines is that they won't grow much for the first 3-7 years but when they do, they blow up! Hence, location is key with these guys. Don't expect to get any nuts for the first 10-20 years. They really do take that long to mature. This tree is an investment in a long term gain.

On the positive side though, they grow very well in all kinds of soil, even poor soil or highly acidic soil and they are quite shade-tolerant. What it lacks in rapid production, it makes up for in longevity, hardiness and sheer size. In its native habitat and with ideal growing condition, it's not uncommon for these trees to grow to heights of 30 m or higher!

All in all, the Korean Pine is a fine addition to any permaculture farm or homestead.

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