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Norfolk Pine Care

The Norfolk Pine is a graceful, pine-like tree with a lacy, delicate appearance. It is popular during the holidays as an alternative to a traditional cut Christmas tree but makes an elegant statement all year round.

How to care for your Norfolk Pine

Use these instructions to care for a Norfolk Pine. This guide will tell you how to water a Norfolk Pine; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Norfolk Pine

LIGHT

Your Norfolk Pine prefers bright indirect light to direct sunlight. It can adapt to medium light areas, but it may become leggy and less full.

WATER

Water your Norfolk Pine when 25% of the soil volume is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer. If the plant stays too dry, the tips of its branches will turn brown and crispy.

HUMIDITY

Your Norfolk Pine will appreciate a boost in humidity during the winter months. You can increase humidity for your Norfolk Pine by using a pebble tray, placing a humidifier nearby, or grouping it near other plants.

TEMPERATURE

Your Norfolk Pine prefers average room temperatures between 65-85°F. Avoid drafty areas near heating or cooling vents, exterior doors, and windows.

FOOD

Feed your Norfolk Pine once a month during spring and summer with a general-purpose fertilizer diluted to half-strength. No fertilizer is necessary during the fall and winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Mildly toxic to pets. Ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

To encourage faster growth on your Norfolk Pine, move it outdoors to a shaded or partially shaded spot during the summer. Wait until all danger of frost has passed before moving it outdoors and bring it back in before the first frost in fall.

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What's a Norfolk Pine?

Botanical Classification: Araucaria heterophylla

About

Though it’s called Norfolk Pine, it’s not a pine at all. Rather, this tree is a tropical plant native to the South Pacific. 

These plants absolutely love bright light and thrive in a south or west window! They enjoy a humid space and frequent waterings.

Fun fact

Over the course of several years, this charming plant can grow to 7 feet tall or more while indoors.

Pictured Left: Norfolk Pine Tree
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Your Norfolk Pine loves humidity, so mist often!
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