Separating and Rooting Norfolk Pine Side Branches

I have a 5ft Norfolk pine outside plant. It has 1 1/2' and 2 1/2' side branches growing off the main plant that were below the soil level. When I went to repot it I had hoped to separate the three "trunks", however they all appear to be growing from the same root blob. How can I separate them? Thank you.


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February 4, 20170 found this helpful

It depends on how intertwined the root systems are. There may be damage if you separate them at that point. You may have to examine the root ball. If it is too intertwined, you may just have to cut off the weaker branches. This article gives an excellent explanation

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February 5, 20170 found this helpful

If they are coming off the same root, then they are not 3 seperate trees, but rather what is called "suckers". They will need to be cut off, as over time they drain from the main tree. This site explains it better.

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