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  • Answered by
    Heather on
    June 11, 2012
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    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.

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    Nikki on
    August 8, 2012
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    This is a sign that the plant is either overwatered, underwatered or is not getting enough humidity.

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  • Answered by
    theficuswrangler on
    August 12, 2012
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    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.

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    October 19, 2012
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    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

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  • Answered by
    theficuswrangler on
    May 1, 2013
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    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.

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    AnnsGreeneHaus on
    April 21, 2013
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    Nikki on
    January 14, 2014
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    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

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  • Answered by
    Heather on
    January 18, 2014
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    Use a well draining potting mix and take 3 parts potting mix and add in 1 part peat moss.

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  • Answered by
    Agronoman on
    February 16, 2014
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    Are you seeing any sort of tip die back on the branches?

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