Norfolk Island Pine

By: Larry Hodgson

The Norfolk Island pine grows tall and straight and bearsdark green, needled branches. See more pictures of trees.

The Norfolk Island pine, which comes from Norfolk Island near New Zealand, makes an excellent indoor Christmas tree. Its ramrod straight trunk bears tiers of dark green, needled branches much like those of a fir tree.

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This plant will eventually reach ceiling height, but since it responds poorly to pruning and is extremely difficult to propagate, it’s best to replace it when it grows too tall. It readily drops its lower branches in dry air, low light, or excessive winter heat.

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Norfolk Island Pine Quick Facts:

Norfolk Island Pine Quick Facts:

Scientific Name:Araucaria heterophylla

Common Name: Norfolk Island Pine

Light Requirement for Norfolk Island Pine: Bright Light to Filtered Light

Water Requirementfor Norfolk Island Pine: Evenly Moist

Humidityfor Norfolk Island Pine: Average Home

Temperaturefor Norfolk Island Pine: Cool

Fertilizerfor Norfolk Island Pine: Balanced

Potting Mixfor Norfolk Island Pine: All-Purpose

Propagationof Norfolk Island Pine: Stem Cuttings

Decorative Usefor Norfolk Island Pine: Floor

Care Ratingfor Norfolk Island Pine: Easy

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Larry Hodgson is a full time garden writer working out of Quebec City in the heart of French Canada where he grows well over 3,000 species and varieties. His book credits include Making the Most of Shade, The Garden Lovers Guide to Canada, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, Houseplants for Dummies, and Ortho’s Complete Guide to Houseplants, as well as other titles in English and French. He’s the winner of the Perennial Plant Association’s 2006 Garden Media Award.

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