Trees and Shrubs forum: Norfolk Island Pine

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Name: Debbie
Glenwood, Arkansas (Zone 7b)
Jan 19, 2015 9:20 AM CST
I have a Norfolk island pine that my husband gave to me several years ago and I have some how managed to keep it alive.It has branches that are curled under,and is dropping a few branches.I have it inside in a place where it gets plenty of natural light in front of glass doors.this set of doors opens to a covered area that allows light but not direct light. I really would like to plant it outdoors, but need some wisdom on how to do this. Does it need a sunny area? Can it handle the climate here in zone 7b? How much water does it need? Any help on this subject would be much appreciated. Smiling
Name: Tara
Jacksonville, Fl. (Zone 9a)
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Jan 19, 2015 9:41 AM CST
Hi Debbie. I'm afraid that unless given a lot of protection, it would not survive your conditions... Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)
Even here in NE. Florida, I grow one in a container with success, but, it does require a bit of protection, in zone 9a.
Someone not far from me is growing one pretty successfully, at the southern exposure of the house, and planted fairly close to that house. I feel that they are quite lucky that they haven't lost it. I think the secret to their success is that they apparently have found a great micro-climate for it.

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