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Norfolk Island Pine - Care Guide

Araucaria heterophylla

The Norfolk Island Pine is a fun, low maintenance plant. Your Norfolk Island Pine requires little additional care. 


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Common Names

  • Norfolk Island Pine

Quick Norfolk Island Pine Plant Stats

  • Your plant will enjoy bright, indirect sunlight.
  • Your Norfolk Island Pine helps purify the air.
  • The Norfolk Island Pine is toxic to pets and may cause an upset stomach if ingested.
  • Your plant friend will enjoy a repotting every year or couple of years. 

Light Requirements

Your Norfolk Island Pine will grow best with consistent, bright sunny light; but do not place it in direct sunlight. The less light it gets, the slower it will grow. Avoid very low-light situations. 

Water Requirements

Water when the soil becomes dry, then thoroughly drench until the water drains into the saucer. Empty the saucer if the water level is high so not to drown the roots. The worst thing you can do to your plant is to over water it; the roots will rot if kept in water.

Humidity Preference

Norfolk Island Pine will appreciate you misting its leaves to help to keep the pests (damaging insects) from making themselves at home on the leaves. Norfolk Island Pine prefers to have moderate amount of humidity, such as in kitchens or bathrooms.

Optimum Temperature

The Norfolk Island Pine enjoys average room temperatures of 60-85 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 50 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.

Plant Food

For best results, feed your plant every month during the spring and summer with diluted liquid fertilizer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

Additional Care

Norfolk Island Pine requires little additional care. If you wish to prune your Norfolk Island pine, you can do so at any time of the year. Norfolk Island pine benefits from being repotted every couple of years.


Norfolk Island Pine is considered toxic. Too much ingestion may cause a stomach upset and lethargy. Plants are not intended for human or animal consumption; keep out of reach of children and pets.

The Norfolk Island Pine was featured in the November 2020 Lunarly box.


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