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    Hey Suzanne,
    It's Sunday, and I'm wondering how your tank setup worked out. Did you still use rocks? Orchid bark? thanks
    I just got a Norfolk Island Pine too...I hear in the wild they can reach 200 ft. in height! :shocked: I'd have trouble with that in the bathroom it's growing in! [img]http://www.**********.com/iBhtml/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    DE a Norfolk Island Pine Tree? If you don't mind me asking where and how did you get it and how much did you pay alltogether for it?

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    Hey NG,
    I just bought it at a local nursery. I see them everywhere in supermarkets and nurseries-they're very popular and widely cultivated, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding one. My pine is actually a clump of five 2 feet tall in a 6 inch pot; it cost around twenty dollars. You could get a much larger specimen for about fifty, or a smaller one for maybe ten. good luck
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    Hmmmm... Cool! Could you grow them outside in NY State year round? Or aren't they that cold hardy?

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    They're actually from Norfolk Island in the South Pacific(they were discovered by Captain Cook), so they are hurt at temps below around 40F, unfortunately. However, people in the southern states could probably grow them outside if they were very careful to respect their care requirements. I'm not sure how I'm going to grow mine inside for more than a decade or two, because grown inside they can still supposedly reach 10ft. uh oh
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    (Edited by Dionaea Enthusiast at 11:24 am on Jan. 1, 2002)

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    Whoa! 10 ft INSIDE! Whew! I think I would have to cut a hole in my 2nd floor of my house!

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    Hi Chris

    Yes, I got the tank set up! I've spent the last four days doing nothing but running around buying plant stuff and looking for pots. I repotted the pigs, moved baby CPs into new pots, repotted some African violets and orchids, got some seeds started. Now I've got dirt, bark and moss all over the kitchen floor. Needless to say, the house didnt get cleaned. lol oops! Somehow the plants always come first!

    I had a struggle getting the lights high enough to allow the tank to go in but finally managed it. Got the electrical cords straightened out. It's about 90% done. I kinda forgot one important thing...I never got the glass shelves cut for the larger size. So I still have the same amount of shelf space as the 10-gal.! duh! Sooo...that means yet another errand out to get those and then take all the plants out again and set it up. I ended up using all lava rocks just because the orchid bark I bought turned out to be not what I wanted. (I hate bags of potting media you can't SEE through). I topped the lava rocks with sphagnum moss and added water. Temps and humidity aren't where I want it yet but its only been up for a day. I still want to get a heat mat of some sort. While the tank is heavy, I can pull it out to get into it which is the important thing. Now I can buy more plants! YAY! BTW...I bought two tiny bags of lava rocks for 2.99 each...then found a huge 40-lb. bag for just 3.97! I wasted a good &#366 on those little bags. But now I got LOTS o' lava rocks! Anyone need lava rocks?? lol

    I only paid 4.50 for my Norfolk Island pine. :-) Everyone is getting rid of them now. And if they get to 10-feet indoors, I don't know it cause I've killed every one I've ever had! lol They need a lot of light and not to get dried out. You also need to rotate them so they don't lean towards the light. Mine is only about 1 1/2 feet tall and I have no idea where I'll put it if it gets big.

    Anyone who likes plants other than CPs and likes BIG...try a splitleaf philodendron. I have a beauty thats got a 6-foot spread of leaves. It has grown in leaps and bounds since I bought it. Has a great "jungle" look and takes up a 1/3 of my living room. I would love to get another one if I could figure out where to put it! It goes outside in the spring/summer. Its kinda hard getting a 6-foot plant through a 2 1/2 foot door....

    Thanks to everyone for the tank ideas!

    Suzanne

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    Ok...major correction here....I did NOT repot PIGS!! :shocked: I repotted my pings!! lol Hmmm...that might be interesting...Pot O' Pigs. :biggrin:

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