Q. Enclosed is a picture of what is left of my late husband’s Norfolk Island pine tree. It would go outside in the summer and then be brought back inside for the winter. Last week I had a huge tree out back taken down. My plants, including “Subo,” the pine, were sitting at the edge of the wooded area well away from the tree to be dropped. As you would expect, one huge limb fell and bounced over on top of my tree. I am sick, as is the tree. It is 35 years old. I know it looks totally pitiful now and most people would probably get rid of it, but I would like to save it, if possible. Is there a chance for this poor tree to survive the trauma it has endured?
A. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. I wish I could offer a bright prognosis for “Subo,” but, unfortunately, Norfolk Island pine is not able to form a new central leader once the terminal stem is lost. So, the plant will continue to look as it does now, or worse. While you might be able to root a cutting from a lateral branch, it too will not be able to form a new central leader; cuttings can only be taken from the top of the central leader stem in this particular species.
Q. I am just sick about my red raspberries. They’re just beautiful and full of large berries. But they are infested with tiny, tiny white worms. I noticed a little wet spot in the bottom of almost every berry, so upon closer investigation, I spotted the problem. What are they, and what should I do? I just watch the raspberries go to waste. I’ve had red raspberries for several years and never had such a problem. Will I have the same problem in the spring?