Norfolk Pine Houseplant


I accidentally broke a branch on my plant please ,help. It’s not broken all the way off can it be saved


Sorry to hear about your treasured Norfolk Island Pine. Like the human body, plants have the miraculous ability to heal themselves. If a tree limb breaks in a storm or for any other reason, it will stay alive as long as it remains attached to the tree. As long as there is good contact between the cambium, the actively growing inner layer of the two pieces, the wood should fuse after a few months of growth. That being said, there are certain conditions which much be meet. First, the broken branch should be repaired immediately for the best chance of survival. If the exposed tissue dries out, it may not be possible for the wood to fuse back together. Second, the success of reattachment is also correlated to the amount of wood that is still attached. If a thin strip of bark is all that is hanging on, then chances of success are low.

If the branch of your Norfolk Island Pine is broken at the trunk, use string or yarn tied from the broken branch to the trunk or the branch above, so that the broken part is held in place to where it’s supposed to be, then wrap the branch and trunk with grafting tape or electrical tape to hold it together. Once again, new tissue should grow within a few months as long as there is good contact between the two pieces.

Good Luck!