North Fork Pine - Freezing Temps

Elbourne(8b)November 29, 2011

My wife bought a North Fork Pine in a little FEMA trailer sized 3" pot 5 years ago. She has pampered it like a family pet. We have transplanted it into a larger pot every spring. This year it stands over 6' tall and too large to bring indoors for the winter. Fortunately we do not receive freezing temperatures very often (zone 8b I think), but this Thursday night predictions have the mercury dipping into the 20's. How concerned should we be and what precautions should we take? I would hate for her to lose the tree that she is so proud of. Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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salicaceae(z8b FL)

I assume you are referring to "Norfolk Island Pine" - Araucaria heterophylla. If so, then yes, you better protect it. They do not like temps below 30 F when young. Realistically, zone 8B is too cold for it to be a long-term outdoor tree.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 8:02PM
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If they are the ones out at around Christmas time they are the Norfolk island pine. Well, here they are in Walmart every fall/winter. They have some small Christmas ornaments on them. I have one from last year in the basement by a window. I saw them in south Florida and the Keys in the ground. The needles look more upward growing outdoors. I like the form indoors better. My 2 c

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 8:17PM
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Ah yes. "Norfolk" lol I always thought people were calling them "North Fork." Thanks for the humility check. :)

Would it be enough to wrap the bottom in a blanket or do I need to figure out a way to get it in the door?

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 8:25PM
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I managed to git it inside this morning. Its actually nearly 8' tall.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 6:42AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

we all cross this bridge with indoor TREES!!!!

time to buy spousey a new babe...

and youth-in-ize grandpa ...

wrapping the roots might help.. but that would obviously not protect tender foliage ....

i presume.. since its inside .. and probably eating up you house... it will stay for now ... but you better get a grip on reality.. and understand.. that at 10 foot or more next year.. it will not be coming indoors.. and be left to the vagaries of mother nature... and she is a cruel mistress ...

sooner or later.. its gotta go ...


    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 7:33AM
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On Norfolk Island, they get to 60 metres tall . . . that'd need a seriously big greenhouse ;-)


    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 8:58AM
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Ah, just do what I used to do with them when the got too big -- chop them up for Christmas greens. They look awesome in centerpieces or whatever. I took one to work once and used a lot of it as the greens in a casket spray. I think I've had 4 or 5 in my life, and they always have to meet the same fate, because I can't afford a bigger house.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 4:01PM
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salicaceae(z8b FL)

Cut it to the lowest branches and it will coppice. They do this for Christmas trees in Hawaii. It will rapidly grow a new leader.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 6:54PM
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