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St. Paul, MN
sylviam21
May 27, 2020 4:00 PM CST
Hello, I have a question about what is normal for Norfolk Island Pines.

Mine is about 3 ft. tall and for the most part it looks healthy but I have noticed small brown spots and individual needles turning brown. (Picture shows the most affected branch. Most branches are affected but not as much as the one pictured) I am wondering whether or not this is something to worry about.

I'm also wondering how much lower branch drop is normal.

I don't get much natural light in my apartment and it was way too dry this last winter. So I realize it may be reacting to those conditions. I also made the mistake of putting it by the radiator until, about a month ago, it dropped 4 lower branches. On a warm day, I took it to my parents' house where there are no radiators and more natural light. The humidity is rising here in MN and no more branches have dropped but today it lost 15 or so "leaves" from the lower branches. Is this normal?


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Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
CPPgardener
May 27, 2020 10:23 PM CST
What you are describing sounds like it didn't like the environment in your apartment, now that it's in better conditions it should stop dropping branchlets and grow better. They do like bright, warm, moist conditions so the closer you get to that the better it will do.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 28, 2020 8:24 AM CST
Please post a photo that shows the entire plant and its pot. Also describe its current location, specifically how far it is from the nearest window. A photo that shows its location would also be helpful.

How do you decide when to water and how much do yopu provide?
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St. Paul, MN
sylviam21
Jun 17, 2020 7:48 PM CST
It was outside on our shaded deck for awhile and I thought it was okay but a bunch of the branches appear to be yellowing again. I usually water it when I am positive it is dry.

I'm also wondering now if it needs to be repotted.


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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 18, 2020 8:16 AM CST
Try to fine a good location where you can keep it year-round and leave it there. Every time you move it, you force it to try to adapt and part of that process is shedding older, lower branches.

How deep into the soil do you let it get dry before you water? About how often is that?

Repotting will not help and will cause new problems.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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