How To Keep A Norfolk Island Pine Plant Happy
Oddly enough, the Norfolk Island Pine Plant is not a true pine at all. It’s surprisingly a tropical species, native to a South Pacific island between New Zealand and New Caledonia. In the wild, it may grow up to 200 feet, though you can expect your Norfolk Island Pine Plant to top out at less than 6 feet.
How much lighting does a Norfolk Island Pine Plant need? | Lighting
Given its island heritage, your Norfolk Island Pine Plant needs a bright, sunny location. It will tolerate both direct and indirect rays, ideally from a western or southern exposure. If you need to move your Norfolk Island Pine Plant, take care to do it gradually; any abrupt shift in lighting can cause it to drop needles, which won’t regrow.
How do I know when to water my Norfolk Island Pine Plant? | Watering
Norfolk Island Pine Plant need steady hydration and humidity. Keep the soil consistently moist—do a regular touch-test of the soil to see if the top inch of soil is getting dry, and water if it is.
Using a watering can, pour in slow circles to wet the soil thoroughly and ensure water trickles down to every root. After you’re done, empty any extra water from the saucer (which is included with your pot).
How do I use plant food for my Norfolk Island Pine Plant? | Plant Food
To keep your Norfolk Island Pine Plant in tiptop shape, you’ll want to feed it during its period of active growth. In spring and summer, use the recommended amount of plant food spikes (included with your delivery) each month. In fall and winter, you can feed it every other month.
What is a Norfolk Island Pine Plant's ideal environment? | Environment
A Norfolk Island Pine Plant needs a bit of TLC to thrive. It wants plenty of humidity, which you can supply with regular misting or by adding a small humidifier near the plant. While Norfolk Island Pine Plant don’t mind a cooler interior, they can’t tolerate temperatures below 55°F; never put yours outside in winter, and keep it away from any drafty spots inside.
How do I prune and maintain my Norfolk Island Pine Plant? | Maintenance
You may see some branches at the bottom of your Norfolk Island Pine Plant browning and losing needles—this is normal. Simply snip them off at the trunk with a sharp pair of pruning shears. The base is where you want to be when trimming your Norfolk Island Pine Plant, they don’t branch like other plants and shouldn’t be pruned at the top.
Every week or two, turn your Norfolk Island Pine Plant so it gets light evenly on all sides. A Greendigs Planter Trivet simplifies this task, and ensures your surfaces won’t get scratched.
How to address common Norfolk Island Pine Plant issues
Your Norfolk Island Pine Plant is an expressive fellow: If something’s wrong, you’ll see needles drop. Dry soil, dry air, a sudden temperature or light change—they can all stress the Norfolk.
Droopy branches indicate your Norfolk Island Pine Plant needs more light. Over the course of a couple of weeks, gradually move it to a brighter location, or add fluorescent or grow lights to your space.
What to do if you still have questions
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