Norfolk Island Pine
Although the Norfolk Island pine is too tender to reside outdoors in Montana’s climate, with a little TLC, it makes an attractive addition to any holiday décor. Soft green symmetrical branches sprout in horizontal layers from the main stem and will support very light ornaments or bows.
Ideally the Norfolk likes cool bright areas with temperatures ranging between 60-70°F and being slightly cooler at night. A spot by the fireplace, heat vent or cold drafty door would not make a very good home. It would prefer a couple of hours of direct morning sunlight, but will adapt to bright indirect light. To maintain even growth, rotate the plant ¼ turn each week. Water the Norfolk thoroughly when the top inch or so of the soil feels dry.
Take care to saturate the entire root system and do not allow the plant to rest in standing water longer than 15 minutes. The Norfolk thrives in 50% relative humidity, which can be provided either by running a humidifier or placing the entire plant on a humidity tray made from a saucer, gravel and water.
Fertilize regularly with an all-purpose water soluble indoor plant food during the active growing season (March – November). During the dormant winter months, fertilizer is not needed.