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Adirondack Region
erinha12
Jan 23, 2018 8:09 AM CST
Hello, I am looking for advice, I recently moved during a subzero weekend (-20F), I had my car running and nice and warm, wrapped my houseplants in blankets and quickly moved them to the car for a 1/2hr trip. My pine is about 4.5-5' tall and I had to unfortunately bend it a little to get it into the car. We have been in our new house for about a month now and my pine is not doing well at all. It is drying up and losing needles, I keep it moist and even bought a spray bottle to mist it. I need to do damage control fast, I want to save it seeing as I've had it for so long. In my old place it was in a cool room, baseboard heat, with E, N & W facing windows were it did very well. Our new home is much smaller with one main room, monitor air heating and E, S, & W facing windows. I could bring it upstairs in our bedroom which is much cooler and has just a N facing window. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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WillC
Jan 23, 2018 10:13 AM CST
A photo that shows the entire tree would be helpful. Your tree has undergone so many changes that it is hard to pinpoint a single cause. In general, it should be located close to and in front of a sunny window. Keep temps above 50 degrees F. and below 75 degrees.

What is your watering routine? Have you repotted recently?
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Adirondack Region
erinha12
Jan 23, 2018 3:33 PM CST

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I don't know what you would call it, but the "fingers" are very dry and brittle.
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WillC
Jan 23, 2018 3:56 PM CST
The drying of needles is not a good sign as they will never recover. It is just a matter of time before they drop off. If this happened suddenly, then cold damage is the likely cause. Otherwise, it may be a watering problem.

If the topmost growing tip has not started to dry out, then your tree will continue to live. Unfortunately, it will never replace the lost lower needles and branches so it will never look very good. Sad
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Adirondack Region
erinha12
Jan 23, 2018 4:17 PM CST
I water once a week or more when I stick my finger in the soil and it's dry. I haven't repotted in years but was planning on doing it this spring. The temp doesn't get above 70, but I would say it's a very dry heat, so I've been misting daily for the past two weeks hoping that would help. I did notice the center branch is greening up, but the "fingers" are still very dry.

Thank you for your help! I guess I'll keep watering and see how much ends up falling off. I think there's actually two plants in the pot, maybe I could separate them, the smaller of the two seems to be in a much better state.
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WillC
Jan 23, 2018 4:34 PM CST
How close to a window has it been? When you water, add enough so that some comes through the drain holes.

Misting does not increase humidity significantly. Nonetheless, when watered properly, it should get enough water through the roots so low humidity is not a problem.

If you try to separate the two plants, you may cause serious damage to the roots. I don't advise it.
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Adirondack Region
erinha12
Jan 24, 2018 8:15 AM CST
It is about 7ft from the East & West facing window and 10ft from the South. If dividing the plant would kill it then I don't think I will attempt that.
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WillC
Jan 24, 2018 2:26 PM CST
That is too far from the window because light intensity drops off dramatically with every foot of distance. Keep it right in front of and close to the window.
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