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Post Local Wollemi Pine.
Who's growing this Auaracaria relative with a huge climatic tolerance?
A local one- the only one I've seen in a yard.

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The tree.

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Part of the yard its in.

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You don't see many genuine Craftsman homes done with a tropical look yard.


Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:33 pm
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Post Re: Local Wollemi Pine.
Well, here's mine, planted in 2009 and now about 15 feet tall. Just down the road a friend has had the bark stripped on theirs, I think by rabbits. I have been lucky.


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I'm sure lots of other people on the forum are growing it - come on boys, get your wollies out!

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Post Re: Local Wollemi Pine.
That is so cool. A really nice change of pace from the usual Araucaria's. Yours seems more bluish. I wonder if more iron can make a color change on these?


Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:35 pm
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Post Re: Local Wollemi Pine.
Thats a biggun John I hate to think of the cost of buying one that size


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Post Re: Local Wollemi Pine.
Glad you liked it Stan (but I admit to having an Araucaria or two as well).
It may look bluer in a cooler climate perhaps? Also, it was a very misty afternoon when I took the picture which made the light a bit strange.
I'm surprised at how fast it grows. At the moment it is putting on more than a foot/year, does it behave like that with you?

Kev, I paid £40 for it in 2009 (I think six months after they were first released) reduced from £100 at the end of the season. I felt a bit guilty since the money was (mostly) going to conserve the plant but on the other hand, I felt £60 richer. It was a dilemma but I got over it. Do you grow it?

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Post Re: Local Wollemi Pine.
Yes John we have this tree growing here and after a shaky start its growing well now.

Stan are they readily available over your way I am guessing not.

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Post Re: Local Wollemi Pine.
I killed mine through drought. I am kind of proud of that, in a perverse way, given that the species has endured millions of years of climate change. :)

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Post Re: Local Wollemi Pine.
Also growing a large specimen here, about 10feet tall & very healthy looking,only slight concern is that the skirt that used to touch the floor has died back and about three feet of trunk is on show?...is this normal as they go skywards.


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Karl mine started doing this which was quite alarming.
I decided a couple of years ago to water it profusely and every 3 weeks or so with a seaweed fert (Maxicrop).

I now have new growth starting up and down the lower trunk which was void of any growth the top looks quite lush too


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Post Re: Local Wollemi Pine.
I have just moved house and sadly had to leave mine as it was too big to move. I thought it was killed in the 2010 big freeze which lasted several weeks here. It was only when I chopped it down to ground level I noticed 3 tiny buds about 5mm across just above the soil. From that it spectacularly regenerated and at the time of leaving it behind - about 2 months ago - the three trunks stood at over 8ft tall each. Not bad a bad recovery from the almost invisible plant remnant I waa left with 7 years ago. It was an anniversary present from my wife so I really ought to get another. A quite lovely plant.


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Post Re: Local Wollemi Pine.
Hi Martin,
What temps did you see in that 2010 freeze?
I have a Wollemi in a pot that I have been too afraid to put in the ground. After hearing your re-sprout story I feel inspired.
Thanks for any temp info!

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Post Re: Local Wollemi Pine.
Kev, lovely tree, when did you plant it? Mine is doing well but it's only been in the ground for 3 or so years.

At what height do they start producing cones?

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Post Re: Local Wollemi Pine.
Ted we got down to -18 C. However, we had a few weeks of day temps never rising above zero, night temps way below zero and the ground was frozen solid all that time. It was protected by fleece and a huge plastic bag but the freeze was too much for the foliage.


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Post Re: Local Wollemi Pine.
KeithL wrote:
Kev, lovely tree, when did you plant it? Mine is doing well but it's only been in the ground for 3 or so years.

At what height do they start producing cones?


Keith it went in spring 2011 to replace my 3.5mt Trithrinax male and female parts occured at around 6ft tall for me.
Sadly cuttings from the trunk and seeds have never come to anything


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