How to care for an Austrian Black Pine

This cozy potted conifer is the gift that keeps on giving! Originally from Yugoslavia, Austria, and Northern Italy, the Austrian Black Pine (otherwise known as the Pinus nigra) is a sturdy tree that can grow up to 60 feet tall in the wild. They are a needier houseplant, as they require full light.

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  • Regular
  • Once every two years
  • Bright, direct light
  • Toxic
  • Once a month in spring and summer

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  • Austrian Black Pines were brought to America from Europe over 200 years ago, have withstood drought and heat, and are commonly used as windbreaks!
  • Austrian Black Pines are not particularly efficient air purifiers.
  • Austrian Black Pines are moderately poisonous to pets.
  • Austrian Black Pines are drought tolerant at maturity, but be sure to water them when the 1-2 inches of soil are dry while they're in your home.
  • Austrian Black Pines grow best in full, direct light for about 6 hours a day.
  • Fertilize with an all-purpose fertilizer once a month in spring and summer.
  • Austrian Black Pines will do best when left in their nursery pots for the first 2 years, as they are slow growers.
  • Pruning is not necessary, except to removed dead or diseased branches.
  • Austrian Black Pines may experience fungal diseases such as Dothistroma needle blight, where the bottom needles turn brown. Try using a fungicidal spray when the needles are half grown, and another time 3 to 4 weeks later.

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