Top Questions About Norfolk Island Pine Trees

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Questions About Norfolk Island Pine Trees

Asked by
clarkdav on
February 22, 2014

Q. Norfolk pine care

I recieved a 3 foot pine with multiple (4 or5) sprouts in it. Should I prune the smaller less dominate trees? It seems the nicest and largest pines are single stems.

Answered by
Heather on
February 24, 2014
Certified Expert
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If this will make the tree more visually appealing, then it is fine to prune off the sprouts. They will not hurt to stay, but it will not hurt to remove them.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 26, 2014

Q. Frost Damaged Norfolk Island Pines

We have three beautiful Norfolk Island pine trees (in large pots) that thrive outside. We keep them in a greenhouse climate during the winter on the south side of our home. This year, the greenhouse took a hit from a winter storm and exposed the plants inside to temperatures around 19 degrees. Obviously, they took a serious hit and have browned out at the top, to about 8″ above the soil. Are they DEAD, or will they possibly come back this spring? If they will come back, what pruning tips can you give me?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 26, 2014
Certified Expert
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If part of the tree is still alive, it can survive but, unfortunately, it will be deformed. Once the main trunk is killed at the top, several side branches will take over to become trunks. Even if only one branch steps forward, the tree will be oddly shaped. Pruning itself will not harm the trees, but they will not regain their former shape.

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Asked by
esherman77 on
March 16, 2014

Q. About my Norfolk pine

One of the branches of my Norfolk pine is broken. Not all the way, as the needles at the end are still growing, but it isn’t straight like the other branches and can’t hold itself up. How do I repair it or strengthen it so that it still gets nutrients to the end of the branch? The tree lives inside all of the time.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
March 18, 2014
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If it's broken along the branch, you could use bamboo kebob skewers or popsicle sticks as splints, and string or yarn to wrap the branch so that the broken pieces are held together; in time, new tissue should grow. If the branch is broken at the trunk, use string or yarn tied from the broken branch to the trunk or the branch above, so that the broken part is held up to where it's supposed to be, then wrap branch and trunk with tape, any kind, doesn't matter. Once again, new tissue should grow.

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Asked by
maroth on
April 24, 2014

Q. Help me to germinate a Norfolk Island Pine seed!

Obtained 26 seeds from eBay. Good quality seeds. Planted some in moistened potting soil, some in vermiculite, and the rest in a 50/50 mix of potting soil and vermiculite. I keep them covered, mist the surface lightly every day, 70 plus degree environment, good natural light location. 16 days have gone by and there are no sprouting signs yet. Can you give me some additional advice and encouragement? Any good reference books?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
April 25, 2014
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This article has propagation tips: http://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/foliage/folnotes/norfolk.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 1, 2014

Q. Pruning a Sago Palm and Help for Norfolk Island Pine

Should the bottom fronds of a Sago Palm be cut off each year? My Norfolk Island Pine is losing its fronds and has stopped growing. We have had it eight years and was getting top heavy in the small pot so we repotted it a few months ago. I read on one website that it was probably in shock or needed misting. I have been doing that. It is near an east window so gets only morning sun. Can it be saved?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 1, 2014
Certified Expert
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No, you do not need to prune sago palms. They actually do better without being pruned. It likely is shock. A little fertilizer that is high in phosphorous and consistent watering will help, but other than that, it just needs time. Many plants will recover just fine from shock so I would not lose hope for it.

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Asked by
chrisb on
May 17, 2014

Q. pine roots

Brisbane My Norfolk pines roots (2) are lifting my path around the house. Can I cut these 2 roots without killing the tree?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
May 18, 2014
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Cutting one or two exposed tree roots is not recommended as a control method, except as a last resort. There are some other things you might try first, as in this article: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/exposed-tree-roots.htm

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Asked by
Bmdi on
November 6, 2014

Q. Our Norfolk Pine exploded

Large green ball like things exploded and left hundreds of seed pods (?) everywhere. What are they and what should we do with them?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
November 6, 2014
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Seed pods, yes. Your tree is a female, and there would be a male close enough for pollination, so every few years you can expect seeds. A shop vac is a handy tool for picking up the sharp little seed pods.

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