Plant Care Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine

4.3 out of 5 (20 experiences)

Norfolk Island Pine has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Norfolk Island Pine has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

Also known as

Norfolk Pine


Araucaria heterophylla

How to care for Norfolk Island Pine


How often to water your Norfolk Island Pine

Water needs for Norfolk Island Pine
0.5 cups
every 9

Norfolk Island Pine 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 Norfolk Island Pine

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Norfolk Island Pine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Norfolk Island Pine: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Norfolk Island Pine love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Norfolk Island Pine does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Norfolk Island Pine

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Norfolk Island Pine: 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 Norfolk Island Pine after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Norfolk Island Pine is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine

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

Norfolk Island Pine has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 11
Norfolk Island Pine has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Norfolk Island Pine has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 7
Norfolk Island Pine has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Norfolk Island Pine has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
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globe Aurora, Colorado

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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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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.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
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globe Champaign, Illinois

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

Fast grower Fast grower
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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
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globe Secaucus, New Jersey

Easy to maintain

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 20 Plants
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You need high humidity

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Boise, Idaho

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globe Las Vegas, Nevada

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
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globe West Palm Beach, Florida

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.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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