The pine tree is an integral part of the Christmas holiday for many people. Lots of us cut down a pine tree or purchase one at a farm store to have in the home at the holidays. Decorating the Christmas tree is an age old ritual to kick off the Christmas celebrations.
This year why not give something back to nature for all of the pine trees you have used as holiday trees over the years. Plant some pine tree seeds to start some new trees out on the journey of life. Planting pine trees is a great way to help the environment. Each tree will also serve as a reminder of the time when you planted it. As the years go by and the tree grows tall, it will be al living reminder of times gone by.
Gather Pine Cones
Find an area with some pine trees. There should be at least five or more trees in the area. The pine tree seeds will only be fertile and good for creating new trees if there is a grouping of trees near each other. Gather pine cones and put them in a basket to protect them from the wind.
Shake Cones to Get Seeds
Take the pine cones home and then shake them over a paper plate or paper bag. The seeds will fall out of the pine cones. They will be loose or attached to a little “wing” that is used to help them float in the air when the seed flies out of the pine cone.
Examine the Seeds
Remove the wing from the seeds. Look at the seed to ensure it is not rotted or damaged. Then put some seeds in a small bag to use to plant trees outside. Put the rest of the seeds in the fridge in a wet paper towel to keep them moist over night.
Plant Seeds Outside
Plant the seeds in areas where the pine trees will have a lot of room to grow. Some pine trees will grow up to 60 feet tall and very wide. Dig a small hole and then insert the seed with the pointy side down. Cover the hole with dirt and water well.
Plant Seeds in a Pot Indoors
It is also fun to watch pine trees spring into life inside. Plant some seeds in small pots. Water them well, cover with plastic wrap, and place in a sunny spot. Keep the pots moist until a seedling appears and then water regularly.
Give as Gifts
A tiny pine tree seedling is a wonderful gift or even a cute wedding favor. If you plant seeds in pots on a regular basis, you will always have some economical gifts to give out. A tree is a living gift that will bring decades of enjoyment to the gift recipient.
Drop off some pots with tree seedling to local charities like the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity stores. Ask them to keep the seedling on the counter with a sign “Free Take One.” Or the store may wish to sell the seedling to raise funds for the charity.
You could also donate trees to a school to plant them there or to give to the students for them to plant in their town or their yard.
Seeds are Miracles Waiting to Bloom Into Life
When you plant a seed you create the miracle of life. From a tiny seed a huge tree will spring. It will provide clean air to humans, a home for birds, and shelter for other animals. Each tree planted helps the environment and show the cycle of life and the joy of creation.
Source: Personal Experience