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Pine tree in container losing needles

JimmyhJimmyh Posts: 15


I've had a pine tree in a container on a balcony for a couple of years. It was planted in a mix of john innes no3, ericaceous compost and grit for drainage, and it drains very well. It get's plenty of sun and it's been fine since planted and put on good growth and has healthy new shoots, but as you can see from the photos, it's losing needles.

Anyone any ideas what's wrong ? Could it have outgrown it's container ? Would pruning help and when and how should that be done ?

Thanks in advance,



  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Pines do shed some of the oldest needles in the spring but maybe it is also getting a bit short on nutrients?  Do you feed it with anything?
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,085
    He’s pining fir the hills.😁
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