Araucaria heterophylla - “Norfolk Pine”

Araucaria are tropical conifers and will offer a statuesque Light: Norfolk pine trees prefer several hours of direct, bright light, such as the type of light that can be found in a south-facing window, but they will also tolerate full indirect, bright light as well.

Water: Watering is similar to a palm, as they are also from sandy island soil. The top ¼ of soil should feel dry before watering, then water well. Do not leave bottom of pot in standing water.

Environment: Keep away from drafts hot or cold. They enjoy going outside for the summer if possible but be sure to bring back in well before the first frost. Misting often is helpful to add humidity, especially in the winter or when air is dry.

Toxicity: Reported to be non-toxic, though not edible.

Of note: 

  • Check occasionally for spider mites as they can be fatal to your tree if left unchecked. Treat promptly and regularly with insecticidal soap if they do occur.
  • They typically come from the grower in a bright green shade but have a darker green color when adapted to indirect light.
  • Commonly called “Norfolk pine” as they are native to Norfolk Island off the coast of Australia.
  • Browning on the lower branches is common and can indicate that the plant is over watered, under watered or needs more humidity. Prune off brown branches if they occur.
    *When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting.