Caring for Potted Norfolk Pine?

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

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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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January 18, 20180 found this helpful

Looks like it may like a bigger pot.

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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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