Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Norfolk Island Pine Trees

Norfolk Island Pines are popular this time of year because many people use them as living Christmas trees. After the holidays are over, you can keep these trees as houseplants. Norfolk Island pines are tropical evergreen trees that you can grow indoors year round.

You can find Norfolk pines in a variety of sizes, from less than a foot to over 5' tall.
The smaller trees make ideal table-top Christmas trees. Keeping your Norfolk pine healthy and looking good through the holidays and beyond comes down to these things. Norfolk pines like bright, indirect light, at least 6 hours a day. It's a good idea to turn them every few weeks to keep them from growing lopsided. They do best with consistent watering, like most houseplants. Water your tree when the top inch or two of soil feels dry. Water thoroughly and be sure there is no standing water left in the saucer under the plant. Norfolk pines like to be in place where the room temperature is 60 to 70. The more difficult part of keeping your Norfolk pine looking lush is to provide humidity. Norfolk pines like high humidity. Some ways to increase room humidity is to group your plants close together, use a pebble tray under the tree or add a room humidifier. There's no need to fertilize Norfolk Pines during this time of year. With a little care, your Norfolk Pine will be around for many Christmases to come.

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