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Any suggestions? Thanks, Greg
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You seem to be on the right path with your Norfolk pine. If the tipping is limit ed to just the lowermost branches, then it is not a problem, just normal aging.
Otherwise the tipping is likely caused by the soil becoming either a bit too dry or staying a bit too wet. Wait until the top quarter of the rootball feels dry and then water thoroughly.
Another possibility is water quality. If your local water is on the hard side, after a while the minerals will build up in the soil and damage the roots and cause tipping. If this seems to apply, switch to filtered, distilled or rainwater.
BTW, Norfolk pines prefer cool house temps and do not require misting.