All About Norfolk Island Pine

February 12th, 2013 posted by Monica Resinger

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pine Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) is a pretty houseplant that is fairly easy to grow but does require some attention. It is an evergreen native to Norfolk Island where it can grow very large — sometimes 200 feet tall with a diameter of 9-10 feet. Don’t worry, as a houseplant, it won’t get too big. It looks very similar to a pine tree but is not related. When purchased at a retail store, they are usually about 3 feet or more tall, sometimes smaller. It is said Captain Cook first discovered this plant. This plant needs high light, enough water to keep the soil moist, but not too moist, and humidity. With age and lack of humidity, the needles along the trunk will fall off. Dead lower branches are a sign that the plant has not received enough water. These plants do best with a consistent watering schedule but over-watering will result in yellow needles that will fall off so be sure the plant is always well-drained and never standing in water. Repot every 2-3 years and fertilize every 3-4 months. Temperature should preferably be between 50-70 degrees F during the day and 45-65 degrees F during the night. When temperatures are warm enough, set it outside if you like. Don’t set in full sun though — it may be too strong after being indoors. Norfolk Island Pine can make a beautiful addition to your decor and can even be used as a Christmas tree. Since it is usually around 3 feet tall when purchased be sure you have enough room for it before going out and buying one. It will probably need to sit on the floor next to a window with bright light. When purchasing, look for a sturdy, healthy specimen free from insect and disease damage. New leaf growth is desirable. ©, 2001, Monica Resinger

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