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OT--does anyone know anything about potted Norfolk pines? my husband has been ill for several months (I am the black thumb; he is the plant person) and somehow the Norfolk pine has been neglected severely. the dirt has dried out completely. the needles aren't falling off yet. can this plant be saved or should I just trash it and buy another? any advice would be appreciated. thanks

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Last updated: Nov. 24, 2012 3:27 pm
Posted: Nov. 24, 2012 10:00 am
Commented by: AuntE
Nov. 24, 2012 10:46 am
It will be difficult to bring it back to complete health. There is only certain time of year that the tree sucks up nutrients/water to last the rest of the year. It takes fertlizer for a potted plant. There tough in general so don't feel bad.
Nov. 24, 2012 11:00 am
This plant should survive. Not knowing the situation or where you reside, the water demands for a plant can greatly diminish in cooler to cold weather so it may be in better condition than you might think. Obviously, water it. The dirt maybe crumbly if very dry, but after watering and letting the dirt absorb the moisture, turn the plant upside down and remove the pot to observe the roots. If there are circling roots, then this plant should be bumped up to a larger sized pot or planted in ground if you live in a suitable plant zone for this tree to survive outdoors. If in need of re-planting, cut the circling roots with a pair of pruners as this condition will persist if planted that way, and the tree will be susceptible to blow down due to a weak root system. It would be wise not to cut any circling roots for a week or so after watering it to prevent added shock until it recovers from the temporary neglect, and you might postpone re-planting outdoors until the Spring of 2013 when conditions should be less harsh.
Commented by: nanny129
Nov. 24, 2012 11:03 am
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Nov. 24, 2012 11:34 am
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Nov. 24, 2012 12:09 pm
When a plant is severely dried out, do not water it from the top if you can help it. The water will penetrate only about 1", then run down the gap between the soil and the pot. Most people stop watering when they see water running out the bottom because they think they've given it a good drink, but the root ball has received little or no moisture. If your plant pot has holes in the bottom of it, place it in some lukewarm water until the top of the soil is wet (The bathtub or a sink is the best place for this.) Then drain the plant and put it back where you had it. Norflok Island pines like to be kept on the moist (not wet) side, and prefer diffused light. It's a good sign that needles haven't started to fall because they do not regrow branches that have dried out and died. Hope this helps and good luck.
Nov. 24, 2012 3:27 pm
I completely agree with JBOTT. It's best to set them in water and let the plant drink as much water that it wants and then afterward make sure it has plenty of drainage so its not sitting in water. I would water your tree at least 2 times a week using this method at 3 to 4 days apart. Check the soil by sticking your finger down in the soil as far as you can go to make sure the soil is not over saturated. Good luck.
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