I life in the Boston Area. I have a Norfolk Island Pine tree that my
wife gave me 30 years ago. It is getting too tall for my house. It is
now about 5 ft tall. I keep it on my porch in the summer and the
basement in winter. I'm not sure what to do with this plant when it
gets too tall to move around and too tall for my house.
Any sugesstions? I don't wnat to get rid of it.
Araucaria heterophylla, aka Norfolk Island Pine can be air layered or even
grown from a terminal cutting. If successful you'd have two smaller ones, if
not one smaller one. It is a slow process and a basement in Boston probably
is not the spot to try it, wait till spring.
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In brief, you make a cut in the thick stem of an overgrown house plant at
the spot where you want the new "bottom" (roots) of the plant to be. You
wrap the cut area with sphagnum moss, moisten it, and then enclose the area
with plastic wrap until roots grow. I don't recall if you use rooting
hormone with some plants. Go to Google and search for "air layering norfolk
island pine" - you'll get plenty of results.
As a bonsai hobbyist myself, I'd say that if you want to keep it you
can prune it back to a size you like. You also might want to repot it
and whack off about a third of the roots.
Trees don't have to be any taller than you want them.
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