Plant Care Bristlecone Pine

Bristlecone Pine

4.0 out of 5 (3 experiences)

Bristlecone Pine has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

rocky mountain pine, Rocky Mountain Pine Bonsai, Pinus aristata., Rocky mtn pine and rocky m pine


Pinus aristata

How to care for Bristlecone Pine


How often to water your Bristlecone Pine

Water needs for Bristlecone Pine
0.5 cups
every 9

Bristlecone Pine needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Bristlecone Pine

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Bristlecone Pine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bristlecone Pine: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bristlecone Pine love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Bristlecone Pine does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Bristlecone Pine in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Bristlecone Pine

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bristlecone Pine: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bristlecone Pine after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Water Needs
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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Bristlecone Pine

Bristlecone Pine

Bristlecone Pine

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Bristlecone Pine has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
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globe Lynnwood, WA

I bought this from the jonsteen company who are wonderful. I grew it from seed and Chris is about a year and a half old. They are really tough trees to grow but I’m determined.

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