Norfolk Island Pine Tree Getting to Big

I have a Norfolk Island Pine Tree in a lagre Pot. I live in New England so I need to keep the tree in the house during winter. I have had this for 30 years. My wife gave it to me when we were dating. A lot of sentimental value. Anyway, it is getting too tall to handle . It is about 4 ft tall. If I clip the top, will that prevent it from getting taller? I don't want to kill the tree. Should I contact a tree specialist? M
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
mstrspy wrote:

I topped ours a couple of years ago. Wish I had done it sooner. Not the most attractive house plant with about 4 feet of bare trunk and 2 feet of branched top but it is thriving.
Frank
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Did the tree start loosing branches after you topped it?
On Sun, 28 Oct 2007 07:17:09 -0400, Frank

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

They usually respond by sending out two leaders- it's not the most attractive growth pattern...
--
Toni
Hills of Kentucky
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
mstrspy wrote:

I posted its picture in alt.binaries.pictures.gardens
Frank
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Frank: Thanks for posting your picture. My tree isn't particularly sparse, I just don't want to kiil the tree by topping it. Do I just cut off the top without doing anything else?
Also, if I top it and it looses branches, eventually it will be bare won't it? Or will all the new growth come off the sides. As you can probably tell from my questions, I'm not exactly an expert.
Thanks Again for your help.
M
On Sun, 28 Oct 2007 12:43:55 -0400, Frank

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
mstrspy wrote:

All I did was cut off the top. Most of the new growth is there and as you can see dead bottom branches were cut off leaving the tree shown in the picture. I'm no expert either but it was either to top or let it hit the ceiling. I just cut it and let it go. It survived. From a little googling, I suspect you will get the same result: http://www.briansgarden.com/2003/02/norfolk-island-pine-is-too-tall.html
I also refused to give it a larger pot and have done the same for a ficus and a gardenia. Plants continue to thrive but if I had my druthers, I'd ditch the pine but it's my wife's.
Frank
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Hi, Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) can be air layered using the terminal. I've heard, not tried, that the branches can be layered also but yield unsymmetrical plants. HTH -_- how no NEWS is good
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
pruning http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/tree_pruning/index.html hiring someone with an understanding of tree biology would be my recommendation.
Sincerely, John A. Keslick, Jr. Consulting Arborist http://home.ccil.org/~treeman and www.treedictionary.com Beware of so-called tree experts who do not understand tree biology. Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us that we are not the boss.

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Is there any chance that you could actually offer something to the OP instead of providing pre-perpared generic advice or suggesting they get a consultant to advise them on this simple question. People ask these questions because they want to do the right thing and to develop their own knowledge. You seem to be more interested in drumming up business for your collegues.
In some cases the job is too big for the amateur or too complex to deal with remotely. Now tell me why this case is like that. The choice is cut the top or don't. Do you have an opinion or would you need to withdraw, convene and consult? Or does your mouth not open until the wallet does.
David
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
It helps.
--
Sincerely,
John A. Keslick, Jr.
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
[proper quoting restored]
symplastless said:

So, now we're getting to the bottom of this. You admit that you're only here to spam your site. You offer no help (at all) to the poster(s), since they aren't paying you to do so.
If you're going to continue posting to The USENET, learn how to format your posts properly (hint: the quoted material doesn't go in your sig). Though, it's probably in the best interests of everyone if you simply cease to post.
--

Eggs

Do cemetery workers prefer the graveyard shift?
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
You can inform people about usenet and I will inform people about trees. I will ignore any future post which are not related to trees and their associates. It sounds like you think I get money from www.treedictionary.com I do not get paid. Back to trees. Anyone interested in learning and understanding tree treatments should check this information out. www.shigoandtrees.com
--
Sincerely,
John A. Keslick, Jr.
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Now that's really addressing peoples questions regarding their trees!!! If you do not aggree or understand, it a shame. It's perfectly fine to share these links with people who have questions about the health of their trees> Just because you have all the answers does not mean everyone does. I get enough compliments.
Many tree problems are associated with the following: They are Case Sensitive.
Troubles in the Rhizosphere http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/shigo/RHIZO.html
Unhealthy Trees from the Nursery / Improper Planting http://home.ccil.org/~treeman/sub1.html and Look up "Tree Planting" http://www.treedictionary.com
Improper Mulching - http://home.ccil.org/~treeman/sub3.html and http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/M/ Look up "Mulch"
Improper Pruning http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/tree_pruning
Improper Fertilization (See A Touch of Chemistry) http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/shigo/CHEM.html
Tree Farming and Related Problems http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/SOUND /
Sincerely, John A. Keslick, Jr. Consulting Arborist http://home.ccil.org/~treeman and www.treedictionary.com Beware of so-called tree experts who do not understand tree biology. Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us that we are not the boss.

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
mstrspy said:

It won't 'keep it from getting taller', it will simply make it shorter (temporarily). It will still grow, and need occasional pruning, if you want to keep it at 4'. I just brought mine in, for the winter. I have an 8' ceiling, and in order to make it fit, 18" came off the top of the tree. It looks fine, and will *be* fine.
--

Eggs

DEATH to all fanatics!
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.