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Norfolk Island Pine Bonsai Tree

September 30, 2013 by  
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The Norfolk Island Pine tree is found naturally on a small island near Australia. It is in the Araucariaceae family and although it is not an actual pine tree, its shape and other features are comparable. The bark from this tree is often used by artisans to create images, sculptures, and other crafts that are treasured by Pacific Islanders.

Characteristics

Norfolk Island Pine Bonsai

Norfolk Island Pine Bonsai

Norfolk Island Pine bonsai trees are especially easy to find in nurseries and plant stores around the winter holiday season. They are shaped like small Christmas trees and are often decorated with small ornaments. The leaves of young trees are shiny and light green. As the tree ages, the leaves turn darker. The Norfolk Island Pine Bonsai tree grows 3 to 6 inches per year, which makes it an ideal bonsai plant. They can vary in height from 1 to 10 feet depending on the owner’s preference and care. The leaves are needle-like and grow densely on the branches. Each branch grows from a center stem that is parallel to the soil.

Caring

It is a popular household plant for several reasons. Caring for a Norfolk Island Pine as a bonsai tree requires basic skills. The plant will thrive with 2 to 3 hours of direct sunlight each day and if watered regularly. It is important to rotate the plant weekly to prevent it from curving toward the sunlight. Temperature extremes should also be avoided to prevent damage to the plant. Keeping the plant in an area where temperatures are a consistent 60-70 degrees would be beneficial. Maintaining a Norfolk Island Pine as a bonsai requires fertilization during the spring and summer months. It is important to avoid this step during the winter months and for about a month after it is repotted.

Pots & Display

Norfolk Island Pine bonsai trees should be placed in a 6in pot until the tree is about 2ft tall. This plant has very shallow roots, so a deep pot is not necessary. However, it is important that the pot be heavy enough to support the weight of the tree without tipping over. Adding a layer of rocks to the bottom of the pot with allow for drainage and increase the weight of the pot. This plant grows best when its soil is not allowed to remain extremely wet. An accurate indicator of when it should be watered is if the top inch of soil has dried out If overwatered, the leaves will drop. This plant does not need regular pruning.

While it is possible to “train” or shape many bonsai trees, using wire to wrap the branches and hold them in place, this is not recommended with the Norfolk Island Pine bonsai. The trunk is usually too thin and breaks easily. Additionally, the branches are very flexible and will not maintain a certain shape without the constant support of wires. If a decorative effect is desired, it is possible to group the Norfolk Island Pine bonsai with several other bonsai plants to create the look of a forest in a large pot.

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