Norfolk Island Pine Trees

Repotting a 7-Foot Norfolk Pine

Anonymous added on July 13, 2011 | Answered

I have a 7-foot Norfolk pine in my dining room. It is presently in a 22-inch (outside diameter) pot and has been for several years. I have purchased a 32-inch pot. I am unsure how to go about repotting such a large tree without damaging it. I also am unsure if I should wait until next spring or go ahead and repot it now. Also, should I place a layer of pebbles in the bottom of the new pot since the pot will not have a drain hole? And what type potting soil do you recommend? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Answered on July 14, 2011

Antime you repot, you should only go up another couple inches in pot size, so that may be a rather large pot. You should also make certain that whatever container you choose has adequate drainge holes. Simply placing pebbles in the bottom will not prevent root rot. Since you already have this pot, you can always get another smaller one, preferably a 24-inch (up 2 inches from the original) with drainage holes, and place it inside the other container. For tips on how to repot or how to care for this tree, these articles should help:

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