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Name: Mackenzie
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 27, 2018 2:01 PM CST
I live in UT, it's obviously a very cold winter here, I have two potted Norfolk's that I usually keep outside but I brought them in for winter. I am wondering if they would be able to be put outside by my door and be ok. Does anyone know if I could or if I shouldn't?
Name: Will Creed
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Nov 27, 2018 2:18 PM CST
Your Norfolk Pine will not survive temps much below 40 degrees, so it will need to be inside for winter, preferably near a moderately sunny window.

If you move it outside again when temps warm up again, keep it in shade. It will have a difficult time adjusting from the reduced indoor light to any direct sun outdoors. The less change in temperature an light it receives, the better it will do.

This plant has a single growing tip and the stem will grow taller and taller. Indoors it can reach the ceiling and you cannot prune off the growing tip without killing the plant. That is a good reason to keep it indoors year round so it doesn't grow too fast.
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Nov 27, 2018 5:24 PM CST
trivia/good to know: it is not a true pine, but got that name because young ones have that nice classic pine tree form. It comes from the South Pacific
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Nov 27, 2018 5:36 PM CST
Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) grow in the ground here in zone 9b Florida where it does get into the 25ยบ range at times but it doesn't stay cold for many hours so the plants survive. In Utah, potted Norfolk Island Pines would not survive outdoors in the winter.
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Nov 27, 2018 9:16 PM CST


I have seen them in Calif. in zone 9b (I am now more in 9a) and they were planted outside and survived minimal below freezing.
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