Norfolk Island Pine Trees
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Can I trim my Norfolk pine?

Zone Elsberry Missouri | Anonymous added on October 10, 2019 | Answered

My Norfolk pine has grown too tall for my home. I've had it for 30 years and I love it. Can it cut the top off without hurting it or making it look yucky?

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on October 15, 2019

Cutting the top off will not likely hurt the tree seriously but yes it will take away the natural form and beauty. What choice do you have? You can't grow it outdoors in your climate, it would freeze in winter. Reduce the top down to just above a whorl of branches that is an acceptable height for your room. It will likely put out multiple new shoots at the top; you can select the best one to leave as a new leader and remove the others. In a couple of years it will resume a natural look.

If it's been in the same container/soil for more than a couple of years, consider re-potting it with new good quality potting soil.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/norfolk-pine/norfolk-island-pine-care.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/norfolk-pine/norfolk-island-pine-pruning.htm

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