Q.My Norfolk Island Pine Appears To Be Growing A New Branch
Hello. My Norfolk Island pine bought just before Christmas 2021 appears to be growing a new branch from its trunk. I am thrilled to bits about this as there are a few gaps in its lower trunk. Does this normally happen or is it a one-off? How can I encourage more new branches to grow to fill in other gaps? Many thanks.
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As it grows, the top will continue to develop branches, but this will be from the tip. only. Unfortunately, your photo did not come through, so I am unable to see the growth in question.
It is likely that there are multiple tree planted together. This is common, but very bad practice. Most places do this to make the tree appear more "full". I, usually, advise to separate any clumped trees to be one tree to a container.
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