Caring for your Norfolk Island Pine and other Christmas TressPlease note that this is only advise. Thank you.
DESCRIPTION: Resembles a true pine tree. Branches are horizontal to main stem, in tiers of bright green, with soft, awl-shaped needles.
FOLIAGE COLORS: Green
CONTAINER: Large container
LIGHT: Medium. East or west window
WATER: Frequent. Water thoroughly, keep soil evenly moist to touch (not saturated). Don't let sit in water.
TEMPERATURE: Cool - medium. 50-70 (degrees F) days, 45-65 nights.
HUMIDITY: Prefers high, 50% or more, good ventilation. Tolerates average.
FERTILIZER: fertilize every 3-4 months.
SOIL MIX: 1 part sterilized garden loam, 1 part clean coarse sand or Perlite, and 1/2 to 1 part sphagnum peat moss.
PROPOGATION: Seeds or shoot tips
SELECTION GUIDE: Select sturdy, shapely, healthy plant free from insect and disease damage. New leaf growth is desirable. Avoid those with yellow or brown leaf margins, wilted or water soaked leaves.
CARE:Challenging. Difficult to grow under average home conditions. Hobby plant requiring knowledge and experience.
Root rot: Provide adequate drainage. Do not let plant sit in water.
Spider mites: Wash with soapy water and apply tricide.
Leaf scorch: Provide adequate water and humidity. Do not over fertilize.
Leaf drop: Avoid conditions that are too dry or too wet.
COMMENTS: Does not replace damaged top growth, so may easily become misshaped. Often used as an indoor living Christmas tree.
General Christmas Tree Care
After purchasing your Christmas Tree (or cutting it down) immediately get it home and into a container filled with water. Never mount a Christmas Tree dry. Make sure the bottom is even and will fit into your stand (use a stand that holds water). Mount the tree securely in the stand and keep the Christmas Tree away from any heat sources that might dry it out or cause it to catch on fire.
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Norfolk Island Pine
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