Araucaria heterophylla (syn. A excelsia)7°C (45°F). Norfolk Island.
Typical needle pineare shaded dark and light green and develop on horizontal branches that radiate from the main . The spaced tiers of are the principal attraction of this plant which is one of the true aristocrats among the foliage plants that are suited to cooler room conditions. Set in a well-lit airy , freely in spring and summer, less in winter.
New Norfolk Island Pine plants may be raised fromof tips, or from the latter method produces plants with more attractive symmetrical growth. However, seed is very difficult to obtain, so it is often better to seek out young plants that may be grown on.
The ‘Norfolk Island Pine’ is really popular indoors. The soft rather fern like foliage and shape reminiscent of a Christmas tree are attractive in the shady corner of a garden-room, or entrance hall. Grown in company with Fuchsia which like similar cool airy conditions the ‘Norfolk Island Pine’ contributes to a harmonious design.
Keep well watered in summer but apply only enough to keep the soil moist in winter. Liquidonce a month and re-pot in a proprietory every other spring during February. Though ‘Norfolk Island Pine’ can be pruned hard back it never makes a good shape afterwards. The young shoots can be rooted by using a heated propagating frame, grown on and the old plant discarded.