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Why is my Norfolk Pine limp and drooping?

It can be alarming to notice sudden dramatic leaf and branch drooping on your plant, but don’t be alarmed! This is almost always totally normal, and easily fixed.

Incredibly dry soil

Be sure you’re not underwatering your plant. Keep a consistent watering schedule–water when 25% of the soil volume is dry. If you accidentally let your Norfolk’s soil dry out completely, you may see branches go limp, droop, and crisp up. If the soil is extremely dry all the way through the pot, a good soak is in order. 


Here’s how to bottom-water your plant:

  1. Place your plant in your sink or tub without the saucer. Fill your basin up with about 3-4″ of water. Make sure the water isn’t hot! 
  2. Allow your plant to soak up water through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot for at least 45 min. 
  3. Feel the top of the soil after your plant has been soaking–has the water reached the top 2-3” of soil?
  4. If not all the soil feels saturated, water your Norfolk Pine slightly from the top of the soil to help speed up the saturation.
  5. When your plant’s soil is evenly damp, drain the sink/tub and allow the plant to rest while it drains thoroughly. Place the plant back on its saucer and back in its proper spot. 

Keep in mind that when the soil goes from bone-dry to saturated, it can cause stress for your Norfolk Pine and may cause needles to drop. Give it some time to adjust.


Not enough humidity

Your Norfolk Pine will thrive in a humid environment. Increase the humidity around your plant by misting it on a regular basis, using a pebble tray, or moving a humidifier nearby.

Need more help?

We're confident your Norfolk Pine will be back to normal in no-time, but if you've followed the steps above and things just aren't improving you can contact us here.