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Growing Goldcrest Conifer Indoors

connolan1connolan1 Posts: 2

I bought a Goldcrest conifer a few weeks ago and want to grow it indoors a bit before I take it outside when it is bigger

Question is how often do I water it? How do I know when it is a good time to upgrade the plant pot? Is the windowsill a suitable place to keep it? and any other info on keeping it would be appreciated 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198

    Can I ask why you want to keep it indoors? It won't like that - far too warm and dry.  

    They're meant to be outdoors as they're hardy plants used to our climate and all that it throws at them  image

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  • connolan1connolan1 Posts: 2

    Just like having plants in my room but if it won't grow indoors I'll take it outside, do they prefer a certain substrate? anything I should avoid when buying substrate? It's only like 1ft tall at the moment, will I need to water it during hot no rain days or will it be fine?

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198

    As long as it's been outside for a few days to acclimatise again, I'd just plant it. They don't  need anything special, just prepare the ground it's going into with some decent compost, a bit of general fertiliser like Blood, Fish and Bone, and water in well. A mulch of bark or some manure will also help to retain moisture. You only need to water if there's a long dry spell until it's established. It will then look after itself unless planted in an unsuitable location. 

    I'm assuming the soil you have is in reasonable condition, and isn't either waterlogged or sandy. If the ground's poor, the compost will give it some nourishment, and adding some well rotted manure is also useful whether the soil's heavy or very light. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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