Norfolk Pine- Plant Bio: Podcast Ep#48

Updated: Dec 19, 2021

This staple holiday houseplant actually makes the perfect plant year round! Their easy nature creates the ideal long-term term houseplant for years to come.

Botanical Name: Araucaria heterophylla

Common Name: Norfolk Pine, Norfolk Island Pine, House Pine, Star Pine

Sun Requirements

The Norfolk Pine does it's best in bright light. It can even handle some direct sunlight. The growth will be more compact, and not as leggy, if you can provide high light. That being said, it does well in almost any sunlight location in your home. I've seen these thrive in low, medium, and bright light. My pine has been sitting in a north window and is growing amazingly.

Water Requirement

Medium moisture is what this plant needs. If it dries out to much you may notice some crunchy brown needles.

Another great attribute of the Norfolk Pine is that they can adapt to dry environments. This means extra humidity is not necessary. I've never given mine extra humidity and it hasn't complained!


As I always say, there are LOTS of ways to fertilize plants. Unless you are extremely over-fertilizing your plant, there isn't necessarily a wrong way to do this. I currently use Fox Farm's Grow Big Liquid Fertilizer and I fertilize every 2 weeks when I water my plants, starting around the end of February through October. I honestly probably only fertilize once or twice in winter because the plant isn't as active! I use about 1/2 to 3/4 the recommended amount of fertilizer because I would rather under-fertilize than over-fertilize my plants. Based on the below info from Fox Farm it looks like I could increase my fertilizing a bit if needed!

The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: "From March to September, feed monthly with a balanced fertilizer. Spray twice yearly with a micronutrient spray."