How to Grow Huon Pines

The lush Huon pines
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Are you planning to make your own garden? Then, you can start growing some Huon pines in your backyard. Huon pines are normally planted on areas with swampy rainforests such as Tasmania. In the island, you will be overwhelmed with the abundance of these native conifers swarming along the lakeshores and riverbanks. So, if you are living in a cool temperate location, this bushy foliage might just be the perfect decoration for your orchard.


Planning at its best
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Growing Huon pine needs patience and dedication. Its fascinating beauty is the result of continuous taming and kind cultivating. Just a piece of advice, these conifers do not just grow instantly. They mature very slowly, making them one of the world’s slowest growing trees. Every year, they grow by less than one inch. Consequently, only few can nurture this rather charming yet dawdling work of nature. The availability of these plants is limited, and only Tasmania and certain places in the world have tried to reproduce them. But if you’re up for the challenge, let get this going.

Huon pines normally undergo the vegetative reproduction, where there are no seeds or spore used to create a new plant. For instance, a twig begins to shoot when it falls into the soil or through the process of layering. This vegetative reproduction is the easiest way to make a new tree. The tree branches just naturally break off from the parent, and then root into the ground

Seedling reproduction also occurs, but not that often because it would take some time like 5 to 7 years for it to reproduce. But if you are willing to wait, then you need to be ready as soon as the mass seedling occurs, where the seeds are speckled near the parent tree. Once you have the seeds, start winter sowing them in ventilated containers or unheated vessels. The ventilation arrangements within the container help in reducing internal fume and temperature through its cooling outlets.


Huon Pine in a Pot
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At this point, you already know that Huon pines need lots of moisture to survive, aside from the tons of patience you need to invest to let them grow. Thus, you cannot just put them everywhere. Notwithstanding its dependency on swampy grounds, they also need sunlight. Thus, indoor is a not the right spot for them. And of course, these trees can grow as high as 40 ft. and can take up to 20 ft of space! Yes, most of the Huon pines are towering, plump trees that need unlimited height and weight dimensions for it to grow freely. Considering the need for water, sunlight and space, then outdoor damp soil is the best place for these vascular land plants. With this setup, you can let them grow freely with no restrictions. The high amount of moisture and the fractional sunrays help these trees grow year round. Sun exposure may vary— partial or full shade, but they can still manage to live. Technically, the trees do no need excessive heat because they are susceptible to it. In Tasmania, most Huon pines are very drought sensitive that is why they are usually killed by fire. As long as the place you want to plant the trees is cool and swampy with a little sunshine, then you got the right deal.

Taking Care

Growing to its finest
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Planting a seed or layering a plant is just the initial step of an extensive journey of gardening. Though there’s really no need to closely monitor its growth, it is ideal to give them a gentle attention. Owning a Huon pine is definitely a prized possession, especially in Tasmania. The government and conversationalists already created ways to protect and preserve this notable piece of Mother Nature. Only approved companies are allowed to make use of its wood for trade. The wood of this conifer that contains natural oils is a popular pick among businesses like ship building and furniture making. The Huon pine timbers are one of a kind, and in Tasmania, they are considered as the Prince of Tasmanian Timbers.

To continually grow your own Huon Pine, you just have to be consistent. Well, you actually don’t need to spray an insecticide to the tree because the wood itself is insect resistant. It’s a matter of longevity of patience because, as previously mentioned, they are very slow growers. During the first few years, Huon pines do not look like trees. They are more similar to petite shrubs or diminutive samplings. Despite the super dawdling growth, the tree may soon amaze you with its lofty height, which could grow up to 40 ft. Amazing, right? Once it reaches the maturity stage, the tiny and scaly foliage of the tree will now be closely surged to its trunk. The countless years of growing Huon pines are truly impressive. Well, it’s your share on preserving the beauty of nature for the upcoming generation.