Transplanting A Norfolk Pine

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Norfolk pines also commonly known as Norfolk Island pines, are coniferous trees and as the name suggests, indigenous to Norfolk Island. This evergreen tree is flaunted on the flag of the Norfolk islands. The flag is has three vertical green colored bands, with a single Norfolk Island pine in the center, on a white background. The pine is a celebrated coniferous not only in Norfolk, but in all parts of the world.

Procedure For Transplanting Norfolk Pine 

By following a few guidelines, you can easily transplant a Norfolk pine in your backyard, patio or garden. Before transplanting it, gradually allow it to acclimatize to the weather outdoors. Transplant it in a soil that has good drainage properties. The transplanting process demands a methodical approach and the following steps should be applied:

  1. Dig a hollow hole 2 inches wider than the current pot and not deeper than the root ball.
  2. Fill the hole with soil and press firmly, in order to remove any air pockets that may have formed while transplanting.
  3. Water amply. Mulch to keep the soil moist and maintain sufficient humidity.
  4. For support, you can also try staking the tree.

Dos And Don’ts And Other Tips While Transplanting Norfolk Pine

Norfolk pines are perfectly suited and grow robustly in the climatic conditions of zone 10-11. If you are living in a different zone and the weather is too chilly, then it is always better not to transplant the tree outside, or else the leaves may start yellowing at the tips. In specific weather conditions, the pine thrives indoor only.

After transplanting, place the plant in partial shade for a week or so, to allow the plant some time for recuperating. It is advisable to transplant while the plant is torpid or dormant. This will neutralize the internal and external trauma experienced by the plant, during the transplanting process.

Spring is the best season for transplanting Norfolk pines and any houseplant, since the climatic conditions are favorable and the soil too is viable. While transplanting, make sure that you use a pot that is only1 or 2 inches larger in size than the present one. The size of the plant is very important for the plant to thrive and grow healthy. 

Facts About Transplanting 

Transplanting is a popular technique used in gardening and agriculture. Transplanting is usually done when the gardener or the cultivator wishes to change the place or shift the location of a plant. For instance, a seed may be sown or a young plant maybe potted in a green house or nursery, to meet the required conditions for proper growth. Then, after the delicate plant acquires stability, it may be moved or replanted in natural conditions outdoors. This is requirement specific and should be done only after conducting prior research on the specific weather, soil and temperature conditions that the plant requires.

  1. Need For Transplanting
    Transplanting may be done for growing a plant in indoor optimal conditions, when the outdoor climatic conditions are not favorable or till the plant matures, to ensure that it is not exposed to diseases and pests. In addition to this, they may also be transplanted to avoid the problems of germination.
  2. Tips On Transplanting
    Various important factors that influence the proper growth of a plant need to be kept in mind while transplanting. The growth stage and cycle and the climatic conditions are the most important amongst these factors.

While some species react favorably to transplanting, others may not. In order to avoid transplanting shock, experienced and trained individuals only conduct botanical transplants. The internal and external trauma that plants are known to experience while transplanting should not be overlooked.

Information On Norfolk Pine
Norfolk pines are classified under araucariaceae and grow vertically up to a height of 50 to 65 m, with branches aligned in a symmetrical manner. The leaves are awl and incurvated in shape, while the cones are spherical. The cones mature in approximately 18 months, after which they break down and generate seeds, which are edible.

It requires deep sand and ample water supply and hence is suitable for cultivation in coastal areas.

Trivia 
The pointed and arched leaves of the tree may cause allergic reactions in some people. It is widely used by the Hawaiian craftsmen in woodturning. South Florida produces Norfolk pines in huge numbers for aesthetic purposes, which are supplied to retail outlets and nurseries all over the world. In order to make them more appealing and attractive, they are often sprayed with a bright coating of green color.

Norfolk pines make interesting landscaping and may either be planted in singles or together in avenues. Its distinct symmetrical appearance with a trilateral outline makes it a perfect option for a Christmas tree. The timber from these trees is used for woodturning as well.

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