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Dec 13, 2016 9:25 PM CST
Hi I recently bought an Italian Stone Pine from a grocery store and when I took it home to re pot it I noticed most of its roots were dark brown and brittle rather than tan. I planted it into a larger pot with regular soil and watered it. The next day it started drooping and had brown needles. I later read that I should've planted it into better draining soil like peat moss. Did I drown it with heavy soil and too much water or was it already dead when I bought it due to its brown unhealthy looking roots?? I just bought another one and don't want to make the same mistake. Thanks
Name: Rick R.
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Dec 14, 2016 10:44 AM CST
These pines are bought at Christmas time for (usually) indoor seasonal decoration and not meant for long term growth as a houseplant. There is no need for transplanting, and I wouldn't recommend it, exactly because of the (typical) result you experienced. These are not tropical plants and won't do well perpetually inside a house.

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