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For Your Next Christmas Tree, Consider Norfolk Island Pine

By November 12, 2013

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You might want to consider Norfolk Island pine as your next living Christmas tree and turn it into a house plant after the Holiday season. I love Norfolk Island Pine or Araucaria heterophylla as they make a great house plant and can be turned into a little Christmas tree. There are a few tricks to growing it for maximum success so read my Norfolk Island Pine management feature.

Here are several quotes from the experts:

Extension Nursery Specialist Dr. Leonard Perry says: "If you want to invest in a houseplant with a future, buy a Norfolk Island pine. It requires minimal care, and because it grows slowly will remain small and attractive for many years indoors."

Horticulturist Rosie Lerner says: "The Norfolk Island pine has grown in popularity as a live indoor Christmas tree. Its lush green twigs of soft needles provide a lovely backdrop for festive holiday ornaments."

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November 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm
(1) Carole says:

Love these little trees. However, are they poisonous to dogs and cats?

November 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm
(2) Rick says:

According to the ASPCA, Norfolk Island Pine is toxic to cats and dogs.

November 18, 2013 at 10:02 pm
(3) Pat says:

I bought a little 8-10″ Norfolk Island Pine years ago…it is now a little more than 6′ tall…actually, there are two growing together. I tried to separate them last year when I repotted them…couldn’t get them apart…rather than break up the happy couple, I put them in a larger pot together again. We drag the pot outside in the spring and they vacation on the patio all summer, then we bring them back in late September or early October. We have used them as Christmas trees since they were just little “tots”. They show off my various “glass animal ornaments” much like the old fashioned feather trees! We love it (them)!

December 11, 2013 at 9:21 pm
(4) meridee Love says:

We have a potted norfolk island pine tee that we bought last year to use as a xmas tree. We repotted it to a bigger pot 6 months ago and we want to use it again this year for a xmas tree. It has its nice new green shoots but some of the other leaves/needles are brownish. Can we give it anything to get it to really green up for its big day?!
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February 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm
(5) Ramona bell says:

Hi I bought a north folk island pine tree for Christmas and I was wondering if my sinuses and snezzing is from the tree. ????

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