- About Araucaria
- How To Grow Araucaria
- Benefits of Araucaria
- Maintenance Tips
- Shipping Info
Norfolk Island Pines are not actually pine trees, but are conifers with whorled branches and feathery needle-like leaves. The limbs grow in tiers on the thin trunk with five to seven branches in each tier. The sharp little bright green leaves are around ½ inch long and curve slightly. Height varies from about 1 foot to 10 feet high when used as an indoor plant. The branches, in their natural state, droop gracefully down in an elegant manner. The scientific name for the tree is Araucaria heterophylla and its growth is relatively slow at 3 to 6 inches a year .
Loamy Soil, Clay Sand Mix
All Purpose Fertilizer
Every 17-18 Month
1. Pick a spot where you have full to partial sun and well-drained, alkaline soil.
2. Spread mulch around plants to control weed growth. If temperatures drop to freezing, mulch will also help protect them from the cold.
3. Water araucaria plants weekly and more in extreme heat during the first growing season to establish extensive, deep roots.
4. Prune plants in the spring after flowering. You can thin plants at the base and trim branches that grow in awkward positions.
1. Ornamental Purpose
1. The tree can be grown indoors, but the plant should be rotated on a weekly basis so that the trunk gets an even exposure to its light source.
2. The best time to prune the tree is during springtime. The new buds should be pruned while they are still a light-green color.
1. Should never be exposed to any temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. It also does not appreciate extremely hot temperatures.
2. Do not let the plant sit in water. Overwatering can cause root rot and everything is downhill from there on.
3. Pots do not have to be tall and can be rather shallow, but should be heavy enough to counterweight the height of the tree so that it will not fall over.