Araucaria heterophylla (norfolk island pine)
Norfolk Island Pine
The Norfolk Island Pine grows quickly, up to six inches annually when kept potted, and can reach 200 feet in its native habitat. This tree doesn't belong to the pine family, it has a similar pyramidal, upright shape and evergreen foliage. Transplant the Norfolk pine to a larger planter every four years or when it grows out of its current container. Norfolk pines need a humidity level around 50 percent. Place a humidifier in the room with the pine if your home has dry conditions.
Apply a water-soluble fertilizer every four months while the tree grows. Any fertilizer suited for indoor foliage plants works fine, or choose a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10. Cease fertilizing during the winter months.
- At least a few hours of direct sunlight daily and plenty of indirect light throughout the day. Turn the plant a quarter rotation every week to provide even light distribution.
- Water only when the top one inch of soil dries.
- Best in potting soil
- Native to Norfolk Island