I accidentally discovered something cool about pine trees and I thought you might find it interesting too. We have a very large pine tree in our yard.
I really like the shape of the pine cones that grow on this tree. So the other day I picked 2 off the tree and brought them inside to dry. I planned to paint them and use them for decorations.
I noticed that the pine cones were starting to open up as they dried.
Here is a picture of a dried pine cone and one that I just pulled off the tree today. Can you tell the difference?
This morning when I picked up the 2 dried pine cones, guess what fell out?
Yep, seeds! 😃 Pretty cool, isn’t it? If you are like me, you might be wondering if those seeds can be planted and grow into pine trees? Well, from what I read online the answer is maybe. The seeds have to go through a process of being frozen for about 3 months and then they can be planted. These seeds have been outside all winter so they might grow. I just might plant a few and see what happens! 😉 Most of the time when you find a pine cone laying on the ground, it has already released its seeds. So now you know where pine tree seeds come from!