Norfolk Pine Needles Turning Brown

April 30, 2018

Norfolk Pine Is Dying - lower branches turning brownCan you help me keep my Norfolk alive? I've made a mistake by overwatering by litre my tree and the branches and needles are all becoming dark brown and weak. Can I save it?



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April 30, 20181 found this helpful
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I suggest you NOT water it for a while, cut off the dying branches and needles and if the weather is warm enough to set it outside during the day until it dries out. Also do a search on "google" as to how to take care of a Norfolk Pine.

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April 30, 2018

I have a wooden antique chess table and recently found out there are termites in my house. I looked online and it says to use borax to keep the termites away.

Now I'm concerned if I put that on the table and chairs it will destroy the wood. What should I do? Please help me.


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May 1, 20180 found this helpful

Usually termites eat the wood inside your walls. Unless you have a really severe infestation, I don't think they are going to eat the chess set.


You need an exterminator for sure to save your house from damage.

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May 2, 20180 found this helpful

I believe you are asking about a chess table and not a chess set? The first question would be; have you made arrangements to eradicate your house of termites?

  • If your house is being fumigated then your exterminator could easily answer this question because they should be looking at every place a termite might "hide".
  • If this is not a serious problem and you plan to take care of the problem yourself then you should do your research on all of the likely spots that termites might be.
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  • As for your chess table, I believe you should check it over carefully for any signs of termites and if no signs are there then you can set your table on whatever is in your house that termites will not eat.
  • I realize this is "card table size" but you seem to be very concerned about it so I think you could find something large enough to hold it.
  • Borax will kill termites but it is a little slow in working but I do not believe it would hurt your table. There is also food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) (sold in farm/tractor/yard supply stores) that does a good job but either one of these could get in the crevices of your table. Either one should brush out when termites are gone.
  • I would suggest you get some cups/bowls (large enough for the table legs to fit inside), place some of the Borax Acid or DE in the cups/bowls and set the legs in the bowls until danger is gone.
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  • This should kill any termite that might happen to stray that way.
  • I can easily understand why you would be concerned about a nice table like this.
  • Here is a link that provides a lot of information about these two products as well as a lot of other information dealing with termites.
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May 14, 20180 found this helpful

borax would work also try diatomaceous earth which is great at killing hard bodied insects

why not also just fumigate? Call a professional exterminator or buy poison to protect your property

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February 16, 2012

My fiance and I bought a Christmas tree last year and have been trying to take care of it during our busy schedules. However, our plant has slowly turned brown, droopy, and overall not very happy. Norfolk pine browning out.


We are not sure what kind of Christmas tree it is, but we have tried leaving it outdoors more, watering it only lightly, and repotting it into newer soil. However, he seems to stay brown.


Here's what it looked like before:

Norfolk pine when healthy.

We do not want to lose him!

By Sam L


February 20, 20120 found this helpful

There are some pines who's needles will turn brown a certain time of year. What kind of soil did you use? I hope not just one straight out of the bag from a hardware store. Along with the bag of potting soil you should add some perilite, a mulch of some type, and some sand.

Yours looks like it needs humidity. Do not over water it but do water deeply about once a week using warm water. You also should have used Quick Start. That prevents transplant shock.


Go onto the internet and do some research for that particular pine. It is a Norfolk Island Pine. There are literally hundreds of species of pines, so just look under that kind. Look under Conifers. Sorry if my spelling isn't correct, my monster puppies ate my glasses!

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February 21, 20120 found this helpful

I bought one about 5 years ago at a garage sale. It was pathetic, half dried out and pot bound. It is now over 6 feet high and absolutely beautiful. I found out that it only likes filtered sunlight and I water it thoroughly about every week to 10 days. Use a little Miracle Gro on it also. If it is not totally dead by now, you can still save it. Now I am going to have to get rid of mine because I don't have enough room for it. Good luck! Kathy.

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January 18, 20180 found this helpful

Looks like it may like a bigger pot.

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March 5, 2020

We bought this pot with 5-6 thin trunk Norfolk pine. It had full of soft branches, but in 2.5 months they curled and dried from bottom up. We have no light in our place and so we got and use 3 light bulbs of plant grow lights 16 watts on top of it.Branches Dying on Norfolk Pine - dying tree


Our NP started 2 months ago to have the bottom branches stiffening and curling. Now some of them fall off at a gentle touch. We see the progression going up and now the top branches curl. What is it that were doing wrong?

We used to watered it once a week abundantly until the water drained in the bottom plate and I have to admit, I left the water sitting there for weeks until we started watching a few YouTubevideos on it and then doubted we should water it more than 1 time/month.

We noticed it has some little crawling flies at the top of the soil so we sprayed it with Sevin 500 insect killer as we saw it was safe and gentle for vegetables, so we assumed that it would be good. It killed the insects and then we removed thepieces of wood from the top of the soil that came with it from the store and replenished/replaced it with potting mix for plants.

We also stopped watering more than 1cup/month and sprayed it daily instead. We also got the best humidifier and placed it right by the tree.

But still, this curling and drying disease is now attacking the top branches and were desperate for professional help to save it from dying:/

Please help.

Branches Dying on Norfolk Pine
Branches Dying on Norfolk Pine


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March 5, 20200 found this helpful

I think that you are over watering and feeding this poor tree. Here is a good site that will give you all the information that you need to grow the pine tree indoors. Follow the instructions and hopefully you can get it to live and have not damaged it too much.

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December 31, 2012

Norfolk with browning needles.We live in Queensland, Australia and have a large Norfolk pine outside of our home. Our tree suddenly has brown branches mainly on the bottom, but it creeps to the top. We give it a lot of water in dry periods. The tree is about 18 years old. We bought it when it was 1 year old. He has grown without any problem, until now (the last 5 months). Nobody knows what to do. Please help our beautiful tree.

Thank you. View of tree.

By Yvonne

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June 7, 2013

I have a Norfolk pine. I understand the tips turning brown, but I don't understand the needles turning yellow. It's not just the entire branch, it's a few on 1 branch, several on another, etc. Any ideas?

By Elizabeth B


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March 5, 20200 found this helpful

This tree requires bright light , high humidity, and water. Don't let the soil dry!

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May 23, 2011

We had a hard winter for Corpus Christi, TX. Our Norfolk is now turning yellow, then brown and losing it's leaves/needles. The bottom part of tree seems to be OK. Is this caused from the hard winter or is there another problem? What should I do? This tree is 6 (+) years old and is approximately 14 ft tall.

By Vicki


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May 31, 20110 found this helpful

Was the top, specifically the tip, damaged in any way during the storm? Damage, as well as pruning out the top, will kill a Norfolk, and it will behave the way you describe. I hope I'm wrong, but I've lost several of these. Mainly from a curious cat snapping the tip out, or bending it without breaking it out completely. Mine never lived to attain the glorious 14' yours did. My condolences from one plant lover to another.

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May 6, 2011

My Norfolk Pine has been planted outside for the past 7 years. It has thrived and is almost 25 ft. tall. It survived the hurricane when salt water covered the soil. After this winter with 3 or 4 freezes, many of the branches have turned brown and dropped leaves. What can I do with browning leaves - is the tree dead?

By Brenda

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April 4, 2011

Why are the branches on my Norfolk pine turning yellow? Some are dropping off.

Hardiness Zone: 8a

By Diane Marie Roberts from Granbury, TX

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July 28, 2010

We have a large Norfolk pine tree in our backyard. Its estimated height is 15 -20 ft. and it is backed up to conservation. The fronds are turning brown and have been doing so for the last couple of months. We had a hard winter in 2009 for Tampa and we are now in our rainy season. What can we do to help prevent this brown from continuing further up the tree?

Hardiness Zone: 10a

By brenda from Tampa, FL

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April 4, 2011

I'm having a real problem with a Norfolk pine. It seems to have signs of both too much water and not enough water.

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