Real World Gardener Growing A Wollemi Pine

May 13th, 2016

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FEATURE INTERVIEW

WOLLEMI PINE Wollemia nobilis



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Wollemi pine photo Louise Brooks



The Wollemi pine is regarded as a Dinosaur plant because fossil evidence has dated it to have been around during the Jurassic period.

 

Way back in 1994, a chance discovery in the Wollemi National Park, by ranger David Noble and a couple of mates led to this tree being recognized as one of the rarest trees on the planet.

 

You can grow  buy a Wollemi pine for your home garden but need to know some expert tips as in the next segment.

Let’s find out what they are.

 

 

 

 


Louise Brooks is talking with Dr Cathy Offord, Research Scientist and The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan.

She was speaking with occasional producer Louise Brooks.



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Wollemi pine photo Louise Brooks



Thanks Louise for that wonderful segment.

In the home garden, the Wollemi pine needs only 20% - 50% sunlight because that mimics the light level where they grow naturally.

Failure occur when Wollemi pines are grown in full sun.

Wollemi pines are the least heat tolerant of all the Araucariaceae family which includes Bunya pines and Hoop pines, disliking anything above 37 degrees centigrade.

They grow best on the south side of buildings and can be grown in a large pot.

Annually cut of the top of the Wollemi pine because they'll re-sprout.

Don't overwater or keep a saucer under the pot or container.

As for fertilising the good news is any general fertiliser will do as they haven't shown to be phosphorous sensitive.

Just remember that they have the potential to be large trees, growing to 35 metres in their natural setting, albeit very slow growing.

If you have any questions about Wollemi Pines or have some information to share, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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