Small Fir Tree

trixie_nc(z7)September 12, 2012

In Dec 2010, I purchased a Christmas tree(believed to be a fir) in a grocery store to bring some Christmas spirit to my Mother's nursing home room. She passed away before Christmas 2010 and I brought it home. The tree is doing great. I have it outside right now in a pot and will bring it in for the winter. I plan to put it in the ground next fall. It is about 4ft tall now. It currently has 2 additional trees coming up (attached to the roots of the main tree). My question is whether I should remove those to enable the main tree to look better and possibly thrive more when I plant it. Thanks for any advice you can provide.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

there are many plants sold as indoor xmas trees.. so the first thing we must do.. is properly ID it ...

either you have a tag with a latin name on it..

or you need to give us some pix.. so the good peeps here can ID it ...

then we can tell you how to care for it.. etc ...

and please explain.. why it cant go outdoors now.. rather than next fall???

and where are you in NC???

ken

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 11:40AM
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trixie_nc(z7)

Thanks Ken. I am in Charlotte. I just wanted it to get a little bigger before I put it out in the big bad world. No other real reason for the delay to next year. It seems I can only post one pic at a time so here's the first. Subsequent pics in follow up message.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 12:41PM
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trixie_nc(z7)

close up shot

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 12:43PM
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trixie_nc(z7)

pic of the extra trees coming from the bottom

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 12:44PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

norfolk island pine ...

see link

zone 10-11 ...

its a house plant ...

looks pretty happy.. no clue why you want to mess with it.. regarding cutting things off ...

i dont know about repotting..

got rid of mine years ago.. when it hit the ceiling...

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 1:40PM
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trixie_nc(z7)

Well dang. Really thought it could go outside. Thank you so much Ken for saving me from mourning this pine when it died outside. I will repot, bring it in for the winter and watch it grow to the ceiling. And, I will leave the extra trees alone. Thanks again!!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 2:14PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Almost certainly three separate seedlings planted together to produce a denser effect, improve sales appeal. This is common with greenhouse pot crops, also seen sometimes with outdoor stock. Cut the two smaller ones off.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 2:22PM
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trixie_nc(z7)

Well dang. Really thought it could go outside. Thank you so much Ken for saving me from mourning this pine when it died outside. I will repot, bring it in for the winter and watch it grow to the ceiling. And, I will leave the extra trees alone. Thanks again!!

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 3:03PM
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