Plant Care Araucaria Heterophylla

Araucaria Heterophylla

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About Araucaria Heterophylla

Norfolk Island Pine is endemic to Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean, east of Sydney, Australia between New Zealand and New Caledonia. It has a graceful pyramidal shape with wide-spaced branches symmetrically arranged in whorled, horizontal tiers around a single straight trunk. In its native habitat, it reaches heights of 200 feet. It grows best in open, full sun locations with ample room for its large size in well-drained soil type.


Araucaria heterophylla

Also known as

Norfolk Island Pine, Norfolk Island Pine and Norfolk Pine

How to care for Araucaria Heterophylla


How often to water your Araucaria Heterophylla

Water needs for Araucaria Heterophylla
0.5 cups
every 9

Araucaria Heterophylla needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Araucaria Heterophylla

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Norfolk Island Pine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Araucaria Heterophylla: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Araucaria Heterophylla love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Araucaria Heterophylla does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Araucaria Heterophylla

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Araucaria Heterophylla: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Araucaria Heterophylla after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Araucaria Heterophylla is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Araucaria Heterophylla

Araucaria Heterophylla

Araucaria Heterophylla

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Araucaria Heterophylla has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 14
Araucaria Heterophylla has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 12
Araucaria Heterophylla has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
Araucaria Heterophylla has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Araucaria Heterophylla has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
@plantina91 avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
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globe Eugene, OR

it loves high moisture, if you have a room
that is wet humidity wise, it will love it there. I keep mine in my bedroom
which is high humidity.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
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@emmat avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 89 XP
globe Edmond, OK

They grow on average 2 ft a year

Fast grower Fast grower
Ellen avatar
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 765 XP

It is a very showy plant in all seasons Christmas Easter and fall

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Hillary avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
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globe Bend, OR

They love to be misted gently every few days. They are almost like an air plant I water less than recommended on watering days but keep up the gently misting about once a week.

Fast grower Fast grower
Shivani avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Jalalabad, Punjab

Amazing plant that requires less care but stills survives.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Nathaniel avatar
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globe Mount Pleasant, NC

Apparently the Norfolk Island Pine does not agree with temperatures below 35F which ruins my plans on transplanting it outside to stay eventually, as the plant won’t survive the winters here.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Tova avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 32 XP

My first plant, I water it every two weeks and it grows.

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@Knighthawk avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Aurora, CO

Moved from Indiana to Colorado. I think the dryness here hasn’t been very kind to him. Dried out and crispy needles. Seems to keep growing though

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
@melxn avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 176 XP

It has the really nice look of a pine plant but does well in warmer weather! Its a great year round plant to have!

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leaf-1 23 Plants
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globe Calgary, Alberta

Apparently animals don’t recognize this as food and leave it alone - that is certainly the case here. They do love to hide in it and pretend they are forest panthers instead of house panthers.

Also, this is lovely to pet.

@jacob avatar
leaf-1 48 Plants
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globe Champaign, IL

Super fast growing in the spring/summer, and pretty carefree. Interesting texture compared to other common houseplants.

Fast grower Fast grower
@Thelonia avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe New York

Not a Pine Tree! It’s a tropical plant so keep warm and humid instead.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Ginny avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Secaucus, NJ

Easy to maintain

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@Starryeyedsky avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 463 XP

You need high humidity

Browns easily Browns easily
Lorrie avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
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globe Boise, ID

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leaf-1 38 Plants
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globe Tumwater, WA

Great plant make sure you have high humidity or you’ll deal with curling and crispy pine needles. Great for when you want a more forest-y look over the jungle look!

Fast grower Fast grower
@shilohandewe avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe West Palm Beach, FL

the leaves on this bad boy are a really pretty deep green and i love it they’re also pretty soft to touch, i can not water my plant for like a week past when i should and it’s still alive and as hearty as ever. if it doesn’t get enough sun or enough water however it’s leaves will turn crunchy which isn’t the best thing in the world.

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