Norfolk Island Pine, soil

deer145January 8, 2014

I just got a small Norfolk Island Pine houseplant and I need to transfer it to a proper pot. I have miracle grow soil and I was going to mix in some perlite, is that adequate for this houseplant? Or would something more coarse be better? I never had a pine before.

Also, the container I have is maybe a half inch bigger than the growing pot it is in now. It's roots are sticking out the bottom of the pot it's in now, do you think I need a bigger transfer pot than only a half an inch bigger?

Thanks in advance for your help :)

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

If the plant LOOKS healthy, there's probably no pressing reason for you to pot up immediately. Give it a month or so to adapt to where you have it sited, then repot it into a coarse soil you're SURE can be watered to beyond saturation w/o any fear of the soil remaining soggy so long it impedes root health/function. Keep in mind that repotting and potting up are different actions, one being far superior to the other whenever long term vitality is a consideration.

How large a container you can or should choose depends almost entirely on soil choice, rather than what size the plant is now. The more water-retentive the soil is, the more important pot size is as a consideration. If you're using a soil that supports little or no water in a soggy layer of soil at the bottom of the pot, you can plant the smallest of plants in extremely large containers with no concern that you've 'over-potted'.

Al

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 4:46PM
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zackey(GA 8b)

I would repot to a bigger pot than that. Mine grew like crazy. I always grew them outside in central Florida. I almost bought one at Ace for 75% off, but it is too cold here to grow them outside and I have no room outside.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 9:48PM
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