I had a Norfolk Island... #194374 - Ask Extension


I had a Norfolk Island... #194374

Asked June 25, 2014, 9:38 PM EDT

I had a Norfolk Island Pine, and it dies in a few months. My apt is warm in the winter, and air conditioned in the Summer. The plant got plenty of light. What did I do wrong?

Bergen County New Jersey

Expert Response

You may be dealing with lack of humidity in the winter months, overwatering or underwatering, or low light levels. You will have to focus on proper care for the plant.  The Norfolk Island Pine grows best in medium light. They should not be placed too far from the window or the needles will fall.
They tolerate a wide range of temperatures.  Increased humidity in the winter also is necessary to keep plants thriving indoors.  During the active growth period keep the potting mixture moist. During the winter water moderately but allow the top inch to dry out between waterings. Apply standard liquid fertilizer monthly in the active growth period only.
See the link from Iowa for more information http://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/2007/nov/072301.htm

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