Houseplants forum→Norfolk Island plant dying need help

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
JDizzle
Feb 4, 2021 9:52 AM CST
I have have had this Norfolk Island pine before Christmas and it's been doing fantastic. Nothing has really changed in terms of its care but it is rapidly beginning to lose a lot of foliage and seems as if the foliage feels dry but the plant is watered well not over watered I don't think and like I said it's been doing fine and nothing has changed I was going to send some pictures of it. It seems just running your fingers through its foliage comes off whereas before and still on the top its nice and soft. If somebody could help address the problems I'm having I would really love to save this plant and don't know why it's so rapidly fading on me
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WillC
Feb 4, 2021 8:14 PM CST
How far is it from the nearest completely uncovered window? How do you determine when it is read for water and how much do you give it?
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
JDizzle
Feb 7, 2021 9:52 AM CST
Fairly far but i have plant lights. My apartment is really bad with lighting and my windows get super super cold on the inside and worry about certain plants getting to cold. I water it maybe once a week. Its slowly dying from the bottom up. Any suggestions?
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
JDizzle
Feb 7, 2021 6:16 PM CST
Oh and I forgot to say thank you for responding WillC!
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CalPolygardener
Feb 9, 2021 2:09 PM CST
They can take temps down to mid-30s, put it in the window. Keep it moist, not soggy, and remove any dry branches. That will help you know if it's getting better. They grow in full sun here so give it as much light as you can. When you water give it a thorough soak all the way around and make sure some water comes out the bottom. In containers they need to be moist most of the time if they get very bright light.
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philopino
Feb 9, 2021 4:27 PM CST
Norfolks need not only bright light and moisture in the soil, but also high humidity to maintain growth. Old growth is the first to go when the air is too dry, try misting regularly. Once I started misting specimens with added HB101, they haven't dropped branches at the rate they used to.
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plantladylin
Feb 9, 2021 4:38 PM CST
I think the issue with your Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) is likely insufficient light and too much water. When grown as an indoor potted plant it will need to be as close to the brightest window as possible. The soil should be kept just barely moist at all times, not overly wet and not allowed to go completely dry. Minimum temperature at night should not drop below approximately 55ºF for any length of time. To increase humidity, sit the pot atop a tray of moist pebbles; adding water to the pebble tray as it evaporates.
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WillC
Feb 10, 2021 10:24 AM CST
Without adequate light, it is a losing battle. Let the top half-inch of soil get dry to your touch and then water thoroughly.

And branch with dry needles is already beyond recovery. Depending on how extensive that is, it may not be worth salvaging I'm sorry to say.
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Brownthumb2021
Feb 26, 2021 1:26 PM CST
If I could piggyback on this post...I recently brought a Norfolk Island pine into my home from another location. Since the move the plant is slowly turning brown. I didn't want to overeaters, but we live in a very dry climate and the humidity in the house isn't great. It's in front of a large east facing window. But we live at 51 degrees North so we don't get a lot of light at this time of year. The plant came from an apartment in the same city so it can't be environment, can it. Any advice would be appreciated!
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WillC
Feb 27, 2021 8:57 AM CST
There are many components to the environment other than geographical location. Indoor temperature, humidity, and available light are all factors that can affect a plant's need for water.

Was your NIP exposed to cold outside temps when it was moved to its new location?

How do you determine when it needs water and how much do you give it?

When was it last repotted?
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