How to Transplant Norfolk Pine Potted Trees

The Norfolk island pine tree is an evergreen suitable for growth indoors or outdoors in temperate climates. Norfolk pines prefer an average temperature of 50 degrees F or greater; if you live in a colder climate you should keep your Norfolk pines indoors. While an indoor Norfolk pine won't grow more than 6 inches per year, when grown outside the tree can grow up to 220 feet. These trees should be transplanted outside in late winter, once the ground has warmed up to 50 degrees F.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Potting soil
  • Water

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Determine where you will transplant your potted Norfolk pine. The tree prefers indirect to full sunlight with plenty of space to grow.

Dig a hole that is twice as large as the plastic container that the plant is potted in. Remove any stones, rocks or other debris from the site.

Remove your Norfolk pine from its container and gently massage the roots with your fingers to loosen. This will help the roots become established in the pine's new setting.

Place the pine in the hole at about the same depth it was planted in the container. Cover the rest of the hole with potting soil. Don't pack the soil down; water will compress it and remove any air bubbles.

Water the site lightly. Norfolk pines prefer a light watering to a thorough soak and enjoy being misted with cool water.

Fertilize the young tree every four to six months using a 20-20-20 fertilizer to keep your Norfolk pine growing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mist the tree daily in dry weather.


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