Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine

Posted by Hannah Brand on Nov 8th 2023

Norfolk Island Pine

Hey Plant Friends!

This week are talking about Araucaria heterophylla, more commonly known as Norfolk Island Pine. This conifer is native to Norfolk Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and New Caledonia. This festive plant can be used as a live alternative to a Christmas tree and then enjoyed year round in your greenhouse home! Decorate with a simple string of lights and small ornaments to keep things cheerful and bright.

Let’s talk about care. Norfolk Island Pines love the sun. Place in the sunniest window in your home - usually South or West facing. Because your plant will be receiving a significant amount of light, check for watering weekly. Smaller plants may need to be watered twice per week, while larger plants every 7-10 days. Water when the top few inches of soil are dry to the touch. Never allow this plant to completely dry out or crispy tips will be in your future. Not to worry, if this does happen, brown tips can easily be trimmed off. During active growth, spring through fall, fertilizer ever two weeks with an acidic fertilizer. Plant in a nutrient rich potting soil such as our house blend Tonka Terra Potting Soil.

Norfolk Island Pine prefer a warmer environment, make sure to keep away from cold drafts such as a sliding glass door during the winter. As always, keep an eye out for common pests such as mealy bugs and white flies. Check for pests weekly when watering and keep a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment.

Norfolk Island Pine are available at Tonkadale in 4”, 6”, 10”, and 14” pots. If you have additional questions feel free to reach out by phone, Instagram, or email us at

Happy Planting!