Norfolk Island Pine Care
Plant Care

Norfolk Island Pine Care

The key to Norfolk Island Pine care is to water them regularly to avoid pines dropping.

Norfolk Island Pine Care Summary

Light needs:Indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Let the soil dry out before watering again.
Fertilizer:Balanced fertilizer monthly in summer.
Soil:Well draining peat-based potting compost.
Humidity:High household humidity levels, mist them. 
Temperature:10°C to 20°C (50°F-68°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Norfolk Island pine, Norfolk pine, Araucaria heterophylla, A. excelsa.
Common issues:Drooping from under watering and root rot from over watering.


Norfolk Island pine aka Araucaria heterophylla is originally from, yes you guessed it(!), Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean. They actually make great indoor houseplants. Welcome to our guide to Norfolk Island Pine Care.

Light Needs

Norfolk Island Pines love good indirect sunlight, so put them in a bright spot in your home.

How Often to Water A Norfolk Island Pine

Let the soil dry out before you water this pine. Which will mean every 1 or 2 weeks in growing months.


In the summer use a balanced fertilizer every other watering.


A well draining peat-based potting compost will suit your Norfolk Island Pine well.

When To Repot A Norfolk Island Pine

You probably won’t need to repot the plant very often but when you do, repot in spring up one pot size.


Norfolk pines like relatively high household humidity levels. You can spray them every time you water them to keep them happy.


These plants do not like heat, or freezing cold, so a range of 10°C to 20°C (50°F-68°F) is good for them.

Where To Buy a Norfolk Island Pine

You can get these at a lot of garden centers and plants shops, or try Etsy.

Other Names for Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island pine, Norfolk pine, Araucaria heterophylla, A. excelsa.

Norfolk Island Pine Care FAQs and Common Problems

Common problems are root rot, as with a lot of plants. Let them dry out before you water them and they should be ok.

Can I Put My Norfolk Pine Outside?

Yes you can, in they will be ok outside in the summer for some of the year as long as there temperature requirement are met 10°C to 20°C (50°F-68°F).

Why Is My Norfolk Pine Drooping?

Norfolk Pine’s droop and sometimes even go crispy due to underwatering – make sure you are watering your Norfolk Pine regularly.

Why Is My Norfolk Pine Yellowing?

Too much sunlight will cause your Norfolk Pine to yellow, make sure that it is not getting direct sunlight. They can also yellow from too little sunlight, which is much more rare, but if your plant is yellowing and in a really low light area then give it a bit more light.

Norfolk Pine Growth Rate

Norfolk Pines will grow up to 2 feet (or 60cm a year), if given the right conditions.

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