Norfolk Island Pine
General,  Plant Care

Norfolk Island Pine Care

Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) trees are cute little house plant Christmas trees that you get around the holidays. When the holidays are over, these plants make great house plants that you can enjoy throughout the year.

Care of Norfolk Island Pine Plant

While the plant may resemble a pine tree, they are not true pines at all. In terms of care, they are more like a Gardenia or Orchid rather than a pine tree.

The first thing to realize is that these are not cold hardy plants. They are tropical plants and cannot tolerate temperature below 35° degrees so they cannot be planted out in our area. It also needs to be kept away from cold drafts in your home.

The second thing is to understand that due to being a tropical plant, high humidity is required. This can be accomplished in the winter months by either misting the plant weekly or using a humidity tray with pebbles and water as well as using a room humidifier.

These plants also require enough light. Norfolk pines prefer several hours of direct bright light that can be found in a south facing window but they will also tolerate fill indirect bright light as well.

Water your pine when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. You can fertilize your pine with a water soluble balanced fertilizer in the Spring and Summer months, but not through the Fall and Winter months.

It is normal for Norfolk Island pine trees to have some browning on the bottom branches. However, if the brown branches seem to be high on the plant or if they can be found all over the tree, this is a sign that the plant is either overwatered, underwatered, or is not getting enough humidity.

It is normal for Norfolk Island pine trees to have some browning on the bottom branches. However, if the brown branches seem to be high on the plant or if they can be found all over the tree, this is a sign that the plant is either overwatered, underwatered, or is not getting enough humidity.

Norfolk Island Pine
Norfolk Island Pine