Plant Care Scots Pine

Scots Pine

About Scots Pine

Scots Pine is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Scots Pine likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Scots Pine belongs to the Pinus genus, and is native to Northern Europe and Northern Asia.

Taxonomy

Pinus sylvestris
Pinus
Pinaceae
Pinales

How to care for Scots Pine

💦 Water

How often to water your Scots Pine

Water needs for Scots Pine
0.5 cups
every 9

Scots 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 Scots Pine

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Scots Pine in your home

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

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

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

Scots Pine does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Scots Pine

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Scots 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 Scots Pine after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Scots Pine is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Scots Pine →

Common Scots Pine Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Scots 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.

Scots Pine Water Frequency →

Scots Pine Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Scots 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 🏡.

Scots Pine Light Requirements →

Scots 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

Scots 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Scots Pine →


💩 Fertilizer

Scots 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

Scots Pine grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Scots Pine →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Scots Pine can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-7b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Scots Pine Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Scots Pine can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 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 Scots Pine

Scots Pine

Scots 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.

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