Indoor Plants and Flowers Care PLANT CARE NORFOLK ISLAND PINE - Norfolk Island Pine Plant

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Although we usually think of conifers as outdoor plants, the Norfolk Island Pine is also used as an interior house plant. An evergreen tree native to Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean, the Norfolk Island Pine, or Araucaria heterophylla, is often used as an indoor, living Christmas tree during the holiday season.

Norfolk Island Pine Tree Plant Care

Norfolk Island
Pine 13" Tree

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Before you send a question, please read this page and further information on watering your indoor house plants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your houseplants. These are most important for your house plant's health and this is some of the information I will refer you to when you send a house plant or flower question.

The Norfolk Island Pine can also double as a unique houseplant and, in mild climates, can be used as a specimen patio plant. In the indoor plant business, we often give these beautiful, evergreen trees, covered with miniature ornaments and glitter, out to our great customers at Christmas time.

The Norfolk Island Pine can be used as a table or terrarium plant or as the stand-alone focal point of any large room. In a 6" grow pot, it will be about 12 - 15 inches tall, or in a 20" container the Norfolk can grow quite large and I have cared for some that topped 18 feet or more.

Coming from tropical climates, the Norfolk Island Pine does well with moderate temperatures of about 50°F to 75°F. Provide bright indirect light or some sun avoiding excessively hot and excessively sunny locations. I have seen these plants kept in fairly low light spots but they tend to look somewhat like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree in very low light.

Norfolk Island Pine has a very symmetrical growth with the branches arranged in tiers. The branches have prickly needles but in contrast, if you run your hand over the top of the living foliage, it is quite pleasant sensation. I know quite a number of people that like to come by just to "pet" the Norfolk Island Pines and I am not kidding! Follow this link for great buys on Norfolk Island Pine plants for the holiday or any time of year.

Norfolk Island Pine Care - How to Water

In bright light, water the soil thoroughly when it has dried down about 1/4 of its depth. With no sun, let the soil dry down 1/2 its depth. Do not allow to dry completely. Please check out sections on watering and lighting as these most affect your houseplant's health and well being and they are very relative to each other.

Other Norfolk Pine notes - Norfolk Island Pine often has only one stem. Since it is very symmetrical, you will need to keep it turned, relative to the light source, to keep it looking its best. It will drop leaves and lower branches if the humidity is too low, if it is under watered or if the light is too low.

If you do not water the root mass thoroughly when you water, you may get yellowing or browning of the needle tips. In spring and summer, you can keep it on a semi-shaded patio or porch, just remember you will most likely need to water much more frequently than indoors. In very mild climates, I'm sure you could keep your Norfolk Island Pine outdoors year round.

Thanks for visiting and come back soon as plant care information, pictures and more are being added all of the time. I hope that your Norfolk Island Pine and all of your plants and flowers are happy, green and growing because that is why I started this site

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