Araucaria heterophylla norfolk island pine
Araucaria heterophylla Plant Care :
Behind the astonishing idea of holding a pine in the house, stands a conifer, which is actually very easy to maintain and comfortable to live with, concealing the right proportions in large, bright rooms and bringing a piece of nature into enclosed spaces.
The pine, Araucaria heterophylla, does not like direct sunlight, but tolerates a bit of morning and evening sun. Otherwise, a shaded site with enough space is very good. It should be quite bright, because the pine has only something against direct sunlight, it does not need shadow though. It is a problem when the room is heated all year.
In the summer, the pine needs a temperature from 18 ° C to 23 ° C, and in winter 5 ° C to 10 ° C. In addition, the fir may have a constant humidity of about 80%, which is difficult to achieve in today’s rooms, which are regularly tempered all year round. The fir can be repeatedly sprayed with warm water to achieve this.If the temperature is constant at least 10 ° C to 15 ° C, the plant can also be placed on a balcony or porch. However, it is necessary to ensure that Araucaria does not get direct sunlight, especially at noon. The Norfolk pine grows very evenly when you rotate it at regular intervals around 20 °.
The plant does not place great demands of the soil. It doesn´t like it too sour, a pure Rhododendron-soil does not please it.
The pine needs:
- light sour, loose soil
- fresh-humid to moderate dry
- sandy-clayey, loose and well permeable
Avoid waterlogging, this is what the pine can not bear. A well-mixed substrate with a little bit of gravel and a support that is filled with rocks and water are very suitable as a drainage system to ensure sufficient supply of moisture both over the earth and in the air.
The plant will be kept explicitly indoor, therefore you can only use a substratum freshly mixed in container. You can enrich commercially available potting compost with peat, bog soil or azalea soil. It is recommended to add additionally perlite, sand or pumice to get a good drainage. Because the plant doesn´t like waterlogging.
Alternatively you can offer your Norfolk-pine (Araucaria heterophylla) a substratum of garden soil, compost, bark mulch and stone chippings. It is important that the pine has enough place in the container to spread her roots in a light sour substratum and that surplus water can flow away.