Norfolk Island Pine - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by fabgraphic5
October 16, 2009
Lower branches are showing some yellowing and a few tips have turned brown on the green branches. Is it a

Answer from NGA
October 16, 2009


Although it would be nice if your tree remained the same throughout its lifetime, the truth is that the lower branches will eventually die and you'll need to remove them. If your pine is putting out new growth at the top of the tree, the yellowing lower branches is probably a sign that they are aging and will need to be removed eventually. Brown tips is an indication of overwatering or a build up of salts in the soil from fertilizer. You can leach the salts out by flooding the soil and allowing it to freely flow from the drainage holes. You may want to simply set the tree in a bathtub and flood the potting soil. While you're at it, shower the entire plant off with tepid water to rinse away any accumulated dust. Then allow the excess water to drain and set the tree back in its usual spot. You can prune off the brown foliage. Best wishes with your beautiful tree!

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