In bionet.plants c-cosner at students.uiuc.edu (christopher k cosner) writes:
:: A friend going away for the summer left several plants with me,
: among them a tiny norfolk pine that seems to have had a rough time of it.
: The plant is about 7" high, its branches droop and the needles have a
: grey-green hue. They don't look like they will recover. As far as I know,
: the plant has not been repotted for two years and has received very
: little water. Can someone suggest the best course of action for this
: plant? Thank you.
:: Chris Cosner
:c-cosner at uiuc.edu
1. Pull the plant out of its pot and examine its roots. If you see
a tangled mess of roots, repot it in a pot 2" more in diameter.
2. Water the plant regularly-- it's not a cactus! Stick your finger
in the soil and water it when the soil feels dry.
3. Feed it monthly or so during spring thru fall with an all-purpose
plant food, like Peters or Miracle-Gro. Don't over feed to compensate
4. Give it moderate to high-filtered light.
5. Give it humidity in winter-- these plants hate dry air and drafts.
Jim Yorton USDA Zone 5; Sunset Zone 41; Palatine, IL USA
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