The Norfolk Pine is a plant that we have come to know as a miniature indoor Christmas Tree. They brighten our rooms decorated with tiny lights and shiny ornaments but, what happens when the season is over and the decorations are put away for another year?
Many people simply throw them out. Stop right there! The Norfolk pine is a beautiful tree that can adorn your indoor space all season long if you know the basics of caring for one.
The interesting thing about a Norfolk Pine is that it’s really not a Pine tree! Their scientific name is Araucaria Heterophylla and they are actually thought of as a tropical in colder parts of the country. They are not cold hardy which means that if you try to plant them outdoors they will not survive.
Keeping them indoors is the way to go but, there are a few things to remember.
- They hate cold drafts! It’s best to keep them in an area away from doors or windows.
- They love humidity! Provide this by placing them on a tray of pebbles and water or by misting the plant weekly.
- They love the sun! While you don’t want to place them directly in front of a window if it’s drafty, place them in an area of the room that will get at least 6 hours of sun or very bright light.
- Water regularly! Norfolk’s have a large root system and will drink quickly. Water them whenever the top of the soil feels dry.
- Don’t over fertilize! Norfolk’s only need fertilizer in the spring and summer. Let them rest in the fall and winter.
- Don’t panic over browning branches! Norfolk’s will have some natural shedding on their lower branches but, if you start to see browning further up in the tree it could be a case of over or under watering or it may not be getting enough humidity.
If you follow these basic steps you will have yourself a happy and healthy addition to your indoor space!
Remember to visit us at the garden center if you have any questions about caring for your Norfolk Pine!