Plant of the month:
Norfolk Island Pine
The most cheerful period of the year has come, which means that most of us will have decorated our houses with the Christmas spirit already. As PLNTSlovers, a soothing holiday plant can’t be missed in our collection this time of year. That is why we would like to shine a spotlight on our beloved Araucaria Heterophylla, better known as the Norfolk Island Pine. This plant is a perfect replacement for a regular Christmas tree since it has similar looks. The best thing is that this pine stays green all year round, which means no needles will fall from it, woohoo! This green beauty is easygoing and is so cute when decorated with some lights and garlands. During this cheerful month, you can shop this ornamental tree for a festive price! Are you up for a Norfolk Island Pine this Christmas?
- Fun fact! Even though this plant is commonly called a pine, it is not an actual pine at all.
This tree was discovered back in 1774 on the Norfolk Islands. The initial idea was to make ship masts from these trees. They were exported to Britain a little bit later, but they came to the conclusion that unfortunately this beautiful tree wasn’t cut from the right cloth. Later on they were used for plywood, but this manufacture was put to an end due to the will to preserve these trees for local use only. It wasn’t until much later that this plant managed to catch the eye of PLNTSlovers, who saw the potential of this tree as a substitute for a regular Christmas tree.
Norfolk Island Pine
The Araucaria Heterophylla doesn't require much maintenance. So you could get this beautiful pine without needing any green thumbs
It requires very little water, due to the fact that this tree-like plant saves a part of the water inside its trunk. It is important that it has dried a little bit before providing the plant with a fresh sip of water. That is why you can check the soil's moistness with either your finger or with the help of our trusty water metre, Tessa. You will need to water it about every 2 weeks to maintain a good watering schedule for it.
- Fun fact! This gorgeous tree symbolises peace and harmony between people and nature. Pretty wholesome if you ask us! :)
This tree does require lots of light to be able to thrive. We would say the minimum per day is 6 hours of bright indirect light. If you want to place your tree in a darker spot, you might want to consider buying a grow light. This will enhance the light situation, without you needing to do much work, sounds like a win-win right?
- Fun fact! The Norfolk Island Pine can grow up to 60 metres in height! But don’t worry, this plant is a slow grower and tends to be a little bit smaller when grown indoors, about 2,5 metres in height is the maximum it can reach indoors. ;)
The Norfolk Island Pine likes to have sandy and porous soil, which should be slightly more acidic. You can achieve this potting mix by having regular soil mixed with sand and peat moss.
Norfolk Island Pine
Propagating this beauty is possible, but definitely not easy! You also might want to know that this propagation will grow out to look a bit different than the mother plant, but will still be beautiful and adorable! Besides, you can proudly say you have managed to propagate this plant! So if you have lots of patience and you are up for the challenge, you can use these steps to make your own baby Araucaria Heterophylla!
Find a healthy leaf that has no browning needles. Make sure to cut this off with clean shears, so you eliminate the risk of the cutting catching any diseases.
Make sure to expose the bottom of the branch by removing the branches and needles from the bottom part of the cuttings. This should be at least 3 centimetres.
Dip the end in rooting powder and prepare a nursery pot with the same potting soil as we suggested you would use for the mother plant. A combination of soil, sand and peat moss.
Keep the substrate slightly moist and mist the cutting on a regular basis. If your cutting manages to root, this will happen after about 45 days.
Frequently asked questions
about Norfolk Island Pine
What are the identifying features of Araucaria Heterophylla?
The Araucaria Heterophylla distinctive itself by growing upright in a somewhat symmetrical way. The branches are stiff and flattened. The destiny is pretty open, which is what makes this tree a great candidate for Christmas decorations!
How can I make my Araucaria grow faster?
The Norfolk Island pine will grow as fast as it can when you provide the right care for the plant. If our care guide is not enough information for you, you might want to check out our full care page on this plant, Araucaria - Expert tips
How hardy is Araucaria heterophylla?
Due to the subtropical origin of the plant, you can say that the plant is not cold-hardy. That is why you should not keep it below 15 degrees. Your Norfolk Island Pine is rather cosy and warm
How long do Araucaria trees live?
In nature, the plant can live for up to a thousand years! They can become absolutely massive in height and width, which is pretty impressive.
Why is my Araucaria turning brown?
The number one reason for your Auracia turning brown is water. The tree might be hard to please when it comes to water, so if yours is turning brown, you also might want to take a peek in full care page, Araucaria - Expert tips.
What are the most common pests for the Araucaria?
You might want to keep your eyes open for scales appearing on your Norfolk Island Pine. They can also be sensitive to fungal and bacterial diseases, such as sooty mould and leaf spot.
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That was lots of information on how you can keep your substitute Christmas tree happy and thriving. If you would like to stay small and humble this Christmas, you can do that by getting our cute variant of the Auracia, the medium Araucaria Heterophylla. If you would like to go all out and have lots of room for your decoration, you might want to get the extra-large version of the Araucaria Heterophylla. Have you already figured out the colours of Christmas decorations you will use to make this plant extra beautiful and cheerful?