Saturday, February 11, 2017

HELP ID THIS PLANT, UPDATE NORFOLK PINE

 Someone put this by the trash dumpster at the apartment and you know me, I snatched it up!  (2nd Man just shook his head, LOL!)


 I took it to the farm and had to snap some pictures of it because I'm not sure what it is!  Some sort of evergreen I'm guessing.  Norfolk Pine.


I tipped it on its side so you could see it in more detail.  I want to plant it in the ground but need to know what it is so I can make sure I do that correctly, i.e. soil, future size, light, water etc.


You see the glistening on it?  It's not water...it's glitter!  I think this was used as a Christmas decoration and someone just decided it was time to dispose of it.  I'm hoping I can plant it somewhere and add a new plant or tree to the farm.  And it will, for a while anyway, sparkle in the sunshine.  

Nothing wrong with that!

UPDATE:  We can always count on people from around the world to help us out with things like this.  Norfolk Pine is definitely what it is.  Yep, from what we've read, borderline possible outside.  Haven't decided yet if we'll do it outside or keep it at the farm inside as a houseplant.  I suppose maybe one season inside as a houseplant and maybe we could try next year outside.  

Decisions, decisions...

Thanks again!  Off to the farm today for more soil in the fruit tree beds.


22 comments:

  1. It may be a Norfolk Island pine.

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    1. Thank you, you were first, ha! No prize unfortunately, but you do have our gratitude, ha. Thanks again!!

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  2. Yes, it looks like a Norfolk Island pine. I'm not too sure they'd do well in our Texas hill country, you might just want to pot it up to a larger pot.

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    1. Thank you so much, I love that someone else here in the 'general' area knows how well it will or will not fit in. Thanks!!

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  3. Definitely a Norfolk Island Pine, which is borderline hardy in the Houston area. IF you want to try planting it outside wait until no danger of frost but plant as early after that as possible because to stand any chance of overwintering outdoors it will need as many roots as it can grow the first year.
    IF you can keep it alive in the ground outdoors until it reaches 15-20 feet it might even make it though short-term hard freezes...
    However, in temperate zone climates it is restricted to container use and wintered indoors or in a tall greenhouse. It's cousin the 'monkey-puzzle' tree is a bit hardier but not so graceful and elegant appearing when young.
    Good luck.

    a former Texas Certified Nurseryman from Austn

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    1. Hello there!!! Well, an expert sharing their wisdom, you are always welcome to pass on tips here. Love it. We might just keep it inside for awhile until we decide. I can put a self watering bottle in it to keep it moist during the week.

      Thank you again, I'm always asking plant/tree/shrub questions. Any good advice for our clay soil and what to plant that will grow? Ha. I thought about some sort of native grasses, but not. sure.

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  4. Norfolk Island Pine. They are often decorated and used for Christmas trees and then kept in the house as a house plant. I wonder if it is warm enough for it to be planted out doors where you are at.

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    1. Yep, I can totally tell that this was decorated. There was a red ribbon in it and of course glitter, ha. We have mild winters but, as we just had last month, we could very well have a low 20's night a couple of times in a season. We might just keep it as a houseplant.

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  5. If it survives it will grow BIG !

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    1. Hmm, it would be nice to have a big tree that's "different" outside but not sure about our occasional freezes. I'll have to decide what to do, ha. Thank you!

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  6. I agree with the Norfolk Pine i.d. I have planted a couple outside here and they did not survive, but I had one in the house for many years, until I decided to plant it outside.

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    1. Hmm, that's what worries me here. Might need to just keep it as a houseplant inside (we don't have any of those actually, and I bet the wine bottle waterer would work during the week). Thanks!!

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  7. Basically used as a house plant here in Texas. It wouldn't survive planted outside

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  8. http://wNorfolk Island pineww.thegardenhelper.com/norfolk.html

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  9. I wule have said a spruce or a pine ...whoops everyone else says norfolk pine!

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    1. You were right on John, thank you!!!

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  10. I have a Norfolk Island Pine (as a houseplant) that I purchased from Ikea. It took a little trial and error to find the right place in my house for proper light exposure. I finally added a grow light to supplement.

    I have attached a link for care and maintenance of the plant.
    http://www.pennington.com/resources/fertilizer/indoor-gardening/nurturing-norfolk-island-pines-year-round

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    1. What another great link, thank you for this. Not sure we can do a grow light at the farm but we'll see what we can come up with. Thank you (and nice to "see" you again!!!

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  11. Years ago, I had a Norfolk Island Pine. I had it in a large pot and for years it grew and survived fine - until I did not bring it in one freezing night - and that was the end of it.

    It's a nice, sunny, warm day today - hope you have a great day at the Farm!

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    1. Oops, thanks for the words of experience, ha. It was so nice on Sunday (Saturday was very windy). Storms Tuesday!

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