1. What to do when an occasional main branch of a small norfolk pine (table top) dries up rather completely and then is easily removed? 2. My large, floor size norfolk has been losing the small needle branches of the large bottom branches though they are nice and green. What causes this? 3. I was told by a garden center that one should use an acid fertilizer for norfolk pines. Is that correct?
For 1 & 2, both could be caused by a fungus. Treat the plant with a fungicide. Also, it could be a watering issue. Make sure that you are only watering when the top of the soil just dry to the touch.
As for 3, yes, they do enjoy acidic soil and a mildly acidic fertilizer for indoor plants would be ok. Just don't do too much as the acid can build up in the soil over time and become too much for the plant.
My small potted Norfolk Pine tree is drying up and curling at the ends. I water it and the water goes through and out to the bottom dish. What can I do to save it?
This is a sign that the plant is either overwatered, underwatered or is not getting enough humidity.
My first feeling is that the soil has dried out so much that water just runs right off and is not absorbed. Try submerging the pot in the sink or a bucket of water, and just let it sit there for an hour or so to thoroughly wet the soil. Then pull it out of the water, let drain thoroughly, then replace on its saucer. Check the soil moisture every few days by digging into it with a spoon, at least half the way into the pot. It should be damp enough to almost stick together when you squeeze it, but leave no visible moisture on your fingers. Soft and cool and nice is how the soil should feel, then you can water it again. You can cut off the dead curled ends from the branches, but be warned, NIPs don't like going so dry, and it might not make it. But don't be discouraged - try again if you lose this one.
Is it possible to get starts from my existing Norfolk Island Pine plant? How would I do that?
You can propagate this tree by taking soft cuttings. Simply cut a tender shoot that is at least six inches long, removing the lower sets of leaves. Dip the cutting in a rooting compound (available at any garden center) and then stick the cutting in a pre-moistened, well-draining potting mix (at least 1-2 inches).
Cover the pot with a clear piece of lightweight plastic and place in an area with indirect sunlight (east window) or under fluorescent lighting. Check for rooting after a couple weeks by genetly pulling on the stem. If you feel resistance, remove the plastic covering and be sure to keep the soil moist. The plant should then be treated as any other seedling.
For more information on taking cuttings, this article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/how-to-root-cuttings-from-various-shrubs-bushes-and-trees.htm
My Norfolk pine branches started to "curl up". What would cause this? Thanks!
If you're talking about lower branches, that would be normal. If you're talking about upper branches, the first thing that I would think of is the soil is too dry. Another common problem of NIP's indoors is spider mites.
To see if the plant has mites, take a spray bottle with plain water in it, and squirt along the branches (The only useful aspect of the common practice of "misting"). If there are mites, the water will stick to the webbing, and you will see it instantly. You can eradicate the mites by spraying with a mixture of 1 tsp of liquid dish soap in a spray bottle of water, sprayed all over till the plant is dripping, especially on the undersides of the leaves. Do this every week for a month.
This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/norfolk-pine/norfolk-island-pine-care.htm
We received a Norfolk Pine as a gift during the holidays. Because of my busy schedule, I let it get too dry. The needles are very faded and the tips are brown. I have watered it and misted it. Is it too late to save it?
If the plant still seems too dry, soak the pot in a tub of water for an hour or so and then let the water drain away. This will rehydrate the soil to the center of the rootball, which should help. This article will help with continuing its care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/norfolk-pine/norfolk-island-pine-care.htm
When repotting a Norfolk pine, what type of soil should be used and how large of a pot? Pine is 3.5 ft tall in a pot that is 12" tall and10" wide.
Use a well draining potting mix and take 3 parts potting mix and add in 1 part peat moss.
I have a Norfolk Pine and it is about five feet tall and doing really good. Last year, when I brought it in, the one main stalk, it has three, was like an umbrella. It is not standing straight out like the other ones. What is the problem? Can you help? I have it outside in the summer and it loves it. I make sure it dosen't dry out and I mist it every day.
Are you seeing any sort of tip die back on the branches?