Norfolk Pine

Araucaria heterophylla
Norfolk Pine
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BOTANICAL SUPER POWERS

Bright Indirect to Direct

The orientation of your window defines where to put your plant so it gets bright indirect to direct sunlight. If your window faces
East or West, put it 0 to 2 ft away.
South, place it between 0 to 5 ft away, as sunlight from the South is the strongest.
Norh facing window wouldn’t provide enough sunlight to this plant.

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The name of the Norfolk Pine is misleading: the plant isn’t a pine! It belongs to the family of araucariaceae, an ancient family of coniferous trees only found in natural habitats of the Southern Hemisphere.

Plant story

The araucaria heterophylla gets its nickname, Norfolk Island Pine or Norfolk Island Pine, from its place of origin, the Norfolk Island, an island in the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and New Caledonia. Like many plants that originate from this region of the world, it was discovered on Captain Cook’s second trip to the Pacific. These plants give large and long cones that release edible, nut-like seeds when they get to maturity. It’s also sometimes called Triangle Tree or Living Christmas Tree because of the way its branches grow upward and shorter on the top.

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Place of origin

Norfolk Island

Araucaria

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Light

BRIGHT INDIRECT TO DIRECT

Check the direction of your window, then put your plant within the range suggested below.

Within any given range, aim to place the plant as close to the window as possible.

EAST/WEST:
0-1 ft
SOUTH:
0-5 ft
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Water

HEAVY DRINKER

Check the moisture of the soil 1/week and water only when 1/2" of the topsoil is dry.

1/2' OF THE TOPSOIL IS DRY
DISLIKES

Soil drying out completely

Sitting in water

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Air

Subtropical

Aim to provide the air conditions your plant would find in its natural habitat.

TEMPERATURE
16-24°C.60-75°F
HUMIDITY
HIGH

Mist daily

Use humidifier

DISLIKES

Hot and cold air drafts. Keep away from A/C vents and heaters

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Soil

HEAVY EATER

Use liquid fertilizer as indicated below from March to September.

FREQUENCY
monthly
NPK FORMULA
10-10-10
DISLIKES

Fertilizing in winter and fall months

Care for your Norfolk Pine like a pro!

Light

Norfolk Pine needs BRIGHT INDIRECT TO DIRECT.

To place your plant in the perfect spot, let’s start with understanding how much light it needs and how much light your place gets. To figure this out, you need to find the direction of your window and measure how far the plant is from it. First, using the compass or map on your phone, see what direction your window faces: North, East, West, or South. Here’s what you need to remember:

  1. South-facing windows make for the brightest spots, then East- and West-facing, and then North-facing.
  2. If the window is in between two directions, use the least sunny direction as a base.
  3. Each window has an optimal proximity range. Here’s where to put your Norfolk Pine, based on the direction of your window:
    • not possibl to place in a room with North Window, as not enough sun
    • within 1ft away from East or West window;
    • within 5ft away from South window;

Within this range, the closer your plant is to the window, the more light photons it gets, and the better it thrives.

Note: This is a general guideline. Each place is unique, and you know yours best. Is the window view obstructed by the trees and a highrise? Is there a sheer curtain? If so, less light is coming in. Move your plant closer!

Still not sure if your Norfolk Pine will be thriving in the spot you picked?

Another simple way to define brightness levels is by measuring the intensity of the shadow. That’s particularly helpful if the view is somewhat obstructed and it’s hard to estimate how much light actually sneaks in. Place a sheet of paper on the spot where you’d like to grow a plant. Hold your hand about 1 foot (30cm) above the paper. Now, what do you see?

Norfolk Pine needs Bright Indirect to Direct.

Water

Norfolk Pine is a HEAVY DRINKER.

Check your plant regularly, but only water it when it’s thirsty.

Every plant needs a period of drying for the oxygen to get to its roots. Overwatering damages your plant by preventing that process from happening. So how can you know how much water your
Norfolk Pine
needs? The ideal watering frequency depends on the plant’s drinking habits and how fast the soil dries out in your unique indoor space, so it would be misleading to recommend a fixed schedule. To best meet your plant’s water needs, monitor it, and watch for the signs it’s thirsty.

Here’s how the how to:

Once a week before giving your plant a drink, check the moisture level in the pot by dipping your finger a couple of inches into the soil.


Heavy Drinkers
need to be watered when 1/2′ of the topsoil is dry.

The dislikes of Your Norfolk Pine When It Comes To Water

  • Your Norfolk Pine doesn’t like it when its roots are left sitting in water. They would start to rot and that would irreversibly damage your plant.

What to do: Make sure you always discard the drenched water from the pot or saucer after watering.

  • Your Norfolk Pine isn’t a fan of the high concentration of chemicals in water.

What to do: To give your plant chemical-free water, fill a bucket with tap water and let it sit for a day. Chlorine and other chemicals will evaporate. Tada! Now, you have clean water that’s much better for your plants.

Air

Norfolk Pine comes from a Subtropical climate. Aim to provide the air conditions it would find in its natural habitat. At all times, maintain a comfortable room temperature of 60-75°F,16-24°C..


Norfolk Pine
thrives in high humidity (40-50%). It tolerates normal humidity (30-40%), but if the humidity is low (less than 30%), you may notice the foliage getting thin and dry on the edges. You can easily rectify that by misting it daily or using a humidifier.

The Dislikes of Your Norfolk Pine When It Comes to Air

  • Norfolk Pine prefers to stay away from cold and hot air drafts.

What to do: During the winter months, keep your Alocasia away from open windows and doors. Don’t put it close to a heater. In summer months make sure you don’t put it right under AC.

Soil

To provide your Norfolk Pine with the right nutrients, fertilize it from March to September.
It’s a HEAVY eater plant. As a rule of thumb, it should be fertilized once a month.

Liquid fertilizer with NPK formula 10-10-10 (Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium) works best for it.

Otherwise, you can use all-purpose indoor plant fertilizer.

Never fertilize your plant during the winter or fall months. It goes through winter dormancy and its appetite naturally slows down.

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