Norfolk Island Pine Trees
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Norfolk Pine

Zone Ft Myers FL | junecarrolthomas added on March 26, 2017 | Answered

I had to trim off most of the brown, dead limbs. Do these bottom branches grow or replace themselves, or should I discard the plant? The tree is about 6 feet tall with green branches on the very top only.

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Alisma
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Answered on March 27, 2017

The dead branches will not grow back, since Norfolk pine only grows from the top. You may still be able to keep the plant alive- check to make sure it is not overwatered or underwatered, and that it has enough humidity and light, as explained here:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/norfolk-pine/norfolk-island-pine-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/norfolk-pine/norfolk-dropping-branches.htm

If you don't like the plant's appearance without the lower branches, you are better off discarding it and starting with a new plant.

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