Pinus Thunbergia - Knowledgebase Question

Austin, TX
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Question by rolagar
August 22, 2006
I planted a beautiful Pinus Thumbergia earlier this year in April and it was doing fantastic. It had new growth and was looking absolutely gorgeous. And now it's gone. It has (I think) died. Did I water it too much? Did I not water it enough? How can I tell so I don't make the same mistake again? Some of the sales people where I bought the plant said that pines don't need as much water as other plants then after it was too late, somebody else told me that Pinus Thnubergias are different from other pines and they require more watering, What is going on here?

Answer from NGA
August 22, 2006

A new plant needs a small amount of water more often since its roots are still quite confined for several months to a year. Your goal is to gradually wean it back to very infrequent watering over time, applying a good soaking and allowing it to dry out somewhat between waterings. The best way to tell if a new plant needs water is to dig down and feel the soil around the root ball. Water enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy wet.

An established Pinus thunbergia's water requirements are moderate in central Texas.

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