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Apd202
Jan 14, 2017 12:32 PM CST
Yesterday I found this indoor potted pine abandoned at the loading dock of my apartment building. It did not look completely dead so I'm hoping to bring it back to life, if possible. The soil was bone dry and needles were very dry when I found it. I've since added lots of water and placed at a window but it still very dry and brittle. I am a novice and was hoping you could tell me 1) what type of tree this is and 2) if it's not completely dead, then how I should care for it.

Thanks so much in advance- any insight would be greatly appreciated!!
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DaisyI
Jan 14, 2017 12:48 PM CST
Welcome!

There are two ways to tell if a tree is alive:

The scratch test: scratch the bark on a branch or the trunk. If the layer under the bark is green, its alive. If the layer is brown or hard, its dead

The snap test: try to snap the branches off. If they break easily, its dead. A live branch will bend.

It is probably a Stone Pine

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Apd202
Jan 14, 2017 1:11 PM CST
Thanks so much, Daisyl! The branch was pretty bendy and there was some green underneath, so I'll keep my fingers crossed that it's still alive. Thanks again!!

DaisyI said: Welcome!

There are two ways to tell if a tree is alive:

The scratch test: scratch the bark on a branch or the trunk. If the layer under the bark is green, its alive. If the layer is brown or hard, its dead

The snap test: try to snap the branches off. If they break easily, its dead. A live branch will bend.

It is probably a Stone Pine



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plantladylin
Jan 14, 2017 1:30 PM CST
I'm glad you found it to still have life! If it's Stone Pine (Pinus pinea) as Daisyl suggested, they can get big! More information for Stone Pine can be found here http://www.missouribotanicalga...
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 14, 2017 1:54 PM CST
If you can stand it in your shower and give it a thorough "rain" over all the needles as well as the soil and the pot, that might help to re-hydrate the needles.

Be sure the water runs through the pot and drains away, too. You don't want the pot sitting with its bottom in water. Roots will rot and the tree will surely die then. Let it drain after you shower it, for an hour or so. Then it won't puddle water on the floor. A large saucer would be better for the tree going forward than that wrapping that's around the pot now. Then you can see when you've watered enough, and remove the standing water.
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