Top Questions About Norfolk Island Pine Trees

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Questions About Norfolk Island Pine Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
January 3, 2011

Q. Planting and Care of Norfolk Pine

I bought a Norfolk pine for Christmas instead of killing a tree and want to plant it in the yard  (in Arizona). I have several trees in the back. Can you help? I love going green.

Answered by
Heather on
January 4, 2011
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Norfolk Pines can only survive in areas that do not go below 30F. If you live in this kind of area, this article will help you:
http://www.floridata.com/ref/a/arau_het.cfm

If your area does get temperatures below 30F, Norfolk Pines make great houseplants. This article will help you:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/norfolk-pine/norfolk-island-pine-care.htm

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Asked by
peggie dalrymple on
January 6, 2011

Q. Norfolk Island Pine

I received a Norfolk Island Pine Tree from my Grandson and I want to know if I can plant it outside in Dandridge, TN.

Answered by
Heather on
January 6, 2011
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Norfolk Island Pines can only tolerate temperatures down to 30F. If you get weather colder than this, it will not be able to survive year round outside. They do make great houseplants though. This article can help you with caring for them indoors:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/norfolk-pine/norfolk-island-pine-care.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 8, 2011

Q. Norfolk Pine (Indoors)

I bought an indoor live Norfolk Pine at Christmas. The instructions said it cannot be planted outside in zones where temps fall below 40 degrees F. Can I continue its life indoors? If so, are there special care instructions? It’s doing very well so far.

Answered by
Nikki on
February 9, 2011
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You can grow it indoors and this article will help you with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/norfolk-pine/norfolk-island-pine-care.htm

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Asked by
maryK on
April 2, 2011

Q. Is It Possible to Plant a Norfolk Pine Outdoors After It Has Grown 6 Yrs?

The tree was a Christmas gift about 6 years ago. It was about 6 inches high. It spends spring, summer and fall outdoors, bringing it in before first frost. It is currently about 4 feet tall and for the first time is losing lower branches. Is it possible to plant it outdoors now? will it survive winter?

Answered by
Heather on
April 10, 2011
Certified Expert
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They are only cold hardy down to 25F. If it colder than that where you live, it will not survive outside. But, if it stays warmer than that, you can transplant it outside without a problem.

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Asked by
greenthumbPat on
May 12, 2011

Q. Norfolk Island Pine

I’ve had my pines for many years, the tallest being about 5 feet. There’s five of them together. Can I cut the roots to get them apart?

Answered by
Heather on
May 16, 2011
Certified Expert
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Yes, you can, but just to let you know, the older a plant is the more susceptible it is to transplant shock. This article will help with avoiding that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 13, 2011

Q. Repotting a 7-Foot Norfolk Pine

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.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 14, 2011
Certified Expert
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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: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/learn-more-about-repotting-houseplants.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/norfolk-pine/norfolk-island-pine-care.htm

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Asked by
bgrant on
May 28, 2012

Q. Should a Norfolk Pine be cut back losing a lot of needles?

I put this potted plant outside in 60-80 degree weather. Within a week branches turned brown and needles fell off. If this tree is cut back, will it grow out again? If so, how should I do this?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 3, 2012
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Hi. First of all, you should be real careful putting indoor potted plants outside - oddly enough, they can get terrible sunburns. Just like people who have never been out in the sun, their "skin" has no protection. If you put them out, they should be heavily shaded by trees, etc. That could be the cause of your NIP's leaf drop. Or, it could have severely dried out - it uses a lot more water outside. That being said, Norfolk Island Pines don't like to be cut back. You can try it of course - half the fun of plants is experimenting - but I would keep it well watered, shaded, and see if you get new growth at the top. If the branches are completely bare, you can break off the tips to see if they are dead or not - crispy and brown=dead, soft and green=live. If live, you might get new growth, if dead, those you can cut back.

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