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Norfolk Pine Care

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

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


Your Norfolk Pine can adapt to different light situations, it prefers bright light. If possible, give your plant a few hours of direct bright sunlight each day. The less light your plant receives, the more it will stretch out and reach for the light.


Water your Norfolk Pine when the top 50% of the soil 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.


Your Norfolk Pine will appreciate a boost in humidity during the winter months. You can increase humidity for your Norfolk Pine by misting regularly or using a pebble tray.


Your Norfolk Pine prefers average room temperatures between 65-75 degrees. Norfolk Pines hate hot or cold drafts when grown indoors. Protect your plant from heating or cooling vents, and don’t keep them next to drafty doors or windows.


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


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


If you wish to stimulate faster growth from your Norfolk Pine, move it outdoors to a shaded or partially shaded spot during the summer. Because it’s a tropical tree, wait until all danger of frost has passed before moving it out, and bring it back in before the first frost in fall.

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