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Feb 22, 2017 5:17 PM CST
bought a norkfolk pine around, from day on, when i watered it, the water went straight
through to pan underneath it. it is getting new growth's but the tree is so brittle, the
leaves pinch you and fall off. i do mist it but it doesn't help.
What can i do to save the tree? Do I need to repot the tree in a bigger pot?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Feb 22, 2017 5:33 PM CST
You bet you do ! Right now !#!#!!!!
Soak it in a pail of water. It sounds rootbound .To me !
I hope its not inside. 😬no no no.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: June
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Feb 22, 2017 5:38 PM CST
Hi @noniec and Welcome!

How tall is your tree, and what size pot is it in?

When you say the water runs right through into the pan, it makes me think that the potting soil has trouble retaining moisture. Potting soils with a lot of peat moss in the mix, once they have dried out, are difficult to re-hydrate. Re-potting the tree using pre-moistened soil would probably be a good idea.

Name: Sandy B.
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Feb 22, 2017 7:09 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @noniec !

Can you post a photo of your tree? And maybe add your location to your profile? (both would be helpful Smiling )

I agree that it sounds like your Norfolk Pine needs to be re-potted. The fact that it's getting new growth is a good sign, though.

And, contrary to Philip's advice... if you live in the north like I do, there isn't much choice as far as it being indoors... and they do make very good house plants.
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