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

Taxonomy

Pinus aristata
Pinus
Pinaceae
Pinales

How to care for Bristlecone Pine

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Bristlecone Pine prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Bristlecone Pine Water Frequency →

Bristlecone Pine Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Bristlecone Pine requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Bristlecone Pine Light Requirements →

Bristlecone Pine Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Bristlecone Pine does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Bristlecone Pine →

When and How to Successfully Repot Bristlecone Pine →


💩 Fertilizer

Bristlecone Pine grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Bristlecone Pine will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Bristlecone Pine →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Bristlecone Pine can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Bristlecone Pine Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Bristlecone Pine

Bristlecone Pine

Bristlecone Pine


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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
@Alorxmanthing avatar
@@Alorxmanthing
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 810 XP
globe Lynnwood, WA
10/10/2021

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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