Wollemi Pines are the least heat tolerant of the Australian Araucariaceae species. We recommend growing them in areas where the maximum temperature of 37 degrees celsius and a minimum of -10 degrees celsius. A cool area with filtered light, such as a gully, is ideal.
Wollemi Pines can be successfully transplanted especially when young, although we recommend avoiding, if possible.
Wollemi Pines appreciate regular watering especially in pots. Over watering may lead to problems such as fungal disease.
Although their habitat soil is naturally low in nutrients, the Wollemi Pines respond well to fertiliser and aren’t known to be sensitive to phosphorus. We suggest using a well balanced fertiliser suited for general tree growth in the ground or pots.
Visit a Wollemi Pine at Mount Annan
A great example of a cultivated Wollemi Pine can be found behind the Visitor Centre at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan. Over 20 years old, this tree has been well-watered and protected from sun on the southern side of the building. It is well over ten metres tall and is covered with both male and female cones. Like plants in the wild, the tree is beginning to produce multiple branches from the base.
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Top tips for growing Wollemi Pines:
Wollemi Pine are an excellent plant for container gardening – use the best quality potting mix suitable for pot plants
Wollemi Pine do grow in the ground in many circumstances, but may be susceptible to common diseases if they are stressed
Give your plants a cool root run
Don’t plant into hot, full sun situations
Protect young plants from wind
Filtered or dappled light is good
Do water the plants especially when young – under or over-watering will predispose the plants to disease
Keep competition from other plants to a minimum
Fertilise as for other trees, they are not phosphorus sensitive, but don’t overdo it
Always follow manufacturers' instructions for fertiliser or pest control
Don’t buy wilted plants
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