Norfolk Island Pine
Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)
The Charlie Brown Christmas Tree! This little tree is often decorated as an indoor Christmas tree at office parties or in lonesome home-alone dorm rooms. Remember to be gentle with its fragile little branches, and pass on the heavy ornaments.
The Norfolk Island Pine is an soft-needled evergreen conifer able to live indoors, as long as the temperature is not too warm and the soil is not overwatered. If the air is too dry, adding a humidifer won’t hurt. This little tree likes temperatures between 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Outdoors in its natural landscape, the Norfolk Island Pine can approach 200 feet in height. Indoors, however, the pine normally reaches a maximum of 10 feet. This slow-growing plant usually adds just one new tier of branches per growing season.
Full sun to semi-shade.
During the growing season in spring to summer, keep the soil moist with soft water (rain water). Feed with a weak concentration of fertilizer throughout the growing season. Water sparingly in the winter. Mist often.
Common pests: aphids and mealybugs.
Will grow in standard potting containers with peat and soil mixture, hydroculture or sub-irrigation.
If the branches sag or needles drop, ensure that the plant is not in a room that is too warm. If this happens in the winter, try cutting back on the watering habit. Remove the dead branches and place the tree near a window (as long as the temperature is not less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit).