Question: Maritime pine
Hi I am in the southernmost tip of Italy, and more precisely in Portopalo di Capo Sparrow - near Pachino ---, in the province of Syracuse, I have several lands dedicated to gardens, in one of which I have several marine pine plants , so called in my part, I have a pine forest where there are about 30 pines of about 35 years each, sunny at 360 ° and about 50mt. from the sea, about 6 meters high of the pines and 1m above the sea level.
Seeing that the lower part about 3 meters have dry branches, and feeding them only with water and lots of sun, I wanted to know to make them invigorate a lot what to do or how to fertilize them to enrich the soil with substances that they need for these trees and still pines like eucalyptus topped in order to regrow greener ???
thank you in advance
Answer: Maritime pine
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The Pine belongs to the botanical class of conifers, which includes over 600 species including the Maritime Pine (Pinus Pinaster) widespread mainly in the temperate-cold climate zone.
This type of plant can be defined as rustic towards the ground because thanks to their great radical efficiency it can also develop on rocky and poor soils while it does not bear heavy and very humid soils.
The fertilization, for this type of plant, is erroneously considered not essential, therefore situations of nutritional deficiencies are frequent especially if the soils are alkaline and tenacious.
Eucalyptus, Eucaliptus globulus, belongs to the Mirtaceae family. It is an evergreen tree, up to 40 meters high in its natural habitat (the Australian regions). It has a globular crown and an erect, cylindrical trunk; arched branches with ramuli of quadrangular section, pendulous; smooth bark, greenish-gray which peels into strips that reveal the pinkish-blue background. The leaves are bluish-green, hard and thick. The flowers are isolated or gathered, in the axil of the leaves, in small groups of 2 or 3. The fruits, which have a hemispherical shape, are woody capsules that contain the seeds.
The eucalyptus has flowering, in Italy, between May and July, it is grown in the central / southern regions because it will require full sun. The soils must be moderately fertile, draining and with good water availability.
The pruning of the pine is never carried out, at the limit the dry branches are thinned.
The eucalyptus must be pruned annually or periodically to provide the plant with a correct form of growth, with the topping of the branches it is favored to obtain lateral shoots for more globular crown forms.