lalalaura
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Hi

So I have been growing my tree from seed for 6 months and it started off green but now its turning brown and I'm not sure if it is supposed to be brown or if that means it is dying?

I water it everyday, I don't let it dry out and I don't let it sit in water. it is 2 inches high and really thin cos its just a baby.

It is from the bookshop and I'm wondering if maybe the soil doesnt give it enough nutrients or if it is a normal colour change??

It was a gift and i really don't want it to die so can you help??


thanks :)

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Laura,

I just looked back at your previous posts and see that we have no pictures of this plant, no identification, no idea of the type of soil it is in, no real sense (other than indoors) of the growing conditions. All of this makes helping very difficult.
https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=21636
https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3724

As I mentioned earlier, seedlings can be pretty easy to kill so starting with just one always presents the possibility of failure.

For now, I wonder if perhaps you are watering it too frequently. Depending upon several factors, every day may be too much. I would not be surprised if the soil you are dealing with is typical potting soil, which does not drain well. The pot may be on the large size for a seedling and if it is not vigorous it may not be transpiring much water. Try the chopstick method (or in this case perhaps the toothpick method. :wink: )
https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1479

Norm

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Thanks for your reply.

I think it is a "jack pine". I am looking to buy a bonsai that is already grown or a couple that are grown, but I also want to try to keep this one alive too. I have read books about it so would like to get started.

I have two seeds that have germinated. The bigger one I have looks like it is unhealthy. I'm not sure if I should transfer it to a different container with different soil. This one has been growing since January and germinated in January. It was really green before but its now turning brown, I don't know if that is normal or not :?

The second one only started growing two months ago.

Does this make it easier?

:)

(sorry can't figure out how to upload fotos on this!) ill pop them up when i figure it out!
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Laura,

Well, one thing that you are doing wrong is trying to grow Pines inside. I don't know much about this species but looking at it's distribution map I feel fairly confident in saying that they should not be grown indoors.
[img]https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/75/Pinus_banksiana_levila.png/800px-Pinus_banksiana_levila.png[/img]
Usually only tropical and perhaps sub-tropical trees are suitable for indoor culture and even then it takes some determination to do it well.

If you manage to keep the younger one alive you will face years of growing it out. Unfortunately Pines are more difficult to develop than deciduous material which can usually be grown out and cut back with every expectation that they will respond well. Pines require a different strategy where you must preserve low branches while simultaneously growing the trunk out. Not the easiest thing to accomplish for a beginner.
(sorry can't figure out how to upload fotos on this!) ill pop them up when i figure it out!
Please refer to the link I provided in my previous post.

Norm

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