Houseplant of the Week: Norfolk Pines

Posted on by

Houseplant of the Week Norfolk Pine

Enjoy the Christmas spirit all year round with our Houseplant of the Week, the Norfolk Pine.

But we’ll let you in on a little secret: While they are called “pines” and even look a little like an evergreen tree, they really aren’t pines at all. In fact, in terms of care, they are more like a gardenia or orchard plant than a pine tree.

What does this mean – well, first off, your Norfolk Pine isn’t happy with the cold. So don’t try to plant them outside after the holidays are over. It needs to be indoors, preferably in a south-facing window with a lot of direct sunlight. (It will tolerate bright indirect light too.)

Originally from Norfolk Island off of Australia, it is used to a mild subtropical climate with a lot of rain, so your plant wants its humidity. A pebble tray with water, a room humidifier or a weekly misting will make it a happy plant.

Water your Norfolk Pine when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. You can fertilize it in the spring and summer with a water soluble fertilizer, but you do not need to feed it in the fall or winter.