The Q&A Archives: Norfolk Island Pine

Question: I have grown this pine indoors for 10 years.This summer the tree has brown leaves and is shedding them profusely. How do I stop the shedding and what do I feed the tree?
Is it possible that 10 years for a tree is maximum?

Answer: Based on your description I am not certain what is happening to your tree. It is possible that an underlying stress has eventually caught up to it, possibly something like being extremely rootbound. However you must have been taking good care of it and have a perfect spot for it if you have been able to keep it for ten years. I would suggest you consult with your local Cornell cooperative extension to see if by chance there is a pest problem that might be controlled. I hope you can save it!

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