Can you plant a Norfolk Island Pine outside?

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  1. farrissophie

    farrissophie Member

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    I buy Norfolk Island Pines every year, and some tell me to plant them outside, and some tell me not to, I live in Pa, zone 6, Is it to cold for this type of tree here? should I just keep it every year as a living Christmas tree in the house? Please let me know.
    Thanks.

    Also can I keep this tree in my bedroom? I have an electric heater in there, and it gets super hot.
     
  2. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    They are not hardy trees at all. You can put them out for the summer on the patio if you want, I guess, but I think the trees would be happiest kept indoors.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araucaria_heterophylla

    I did not know they produced edible seed before reading the wikipedia article.
     
  3. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    They're only hardy down to about -4 or -5°C, so not the slightest hope of their surviving outdoors in PA.

    Indoors, you'll need to keep the humidity fairly high. If you can keep it in a cool room through the winter, even better; around 10° would be ideal.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    In the climate here these are mostly quite easy and durable indoor plants under ordinary conditions. Ours has grown a few feet from a baseboard electric heater for years.
     
  5. farrissophie

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    Thanks everyone, your all very helpful. I guess I should just keep it indoors.
     

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