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In its native environment (Norfolk Island, near New Zealand) this tree can grow to be 200 feet tall. It has a straight trunk and symmetrical branches covered with short, inward-curving needles, that are soft to the touch.
Pet Safe: Mildly toxic to pets if ingested.
CareGeneral Maintenance: Repot every one to two years into a pot that is 2-3 inches larger. Trim away any browning needles if neccessary.
Temperature: Thrives in normal household temperatures, between 15º-26º Celsius. Keep away from drafts and drastic temperature changes. Cannot tolerate temperatures below 1º Celsius.
Light: Plenty of bright indirect light is ideal. Direct sun can scorch the needles.
Watering: Norfolk like to be kept evenly moist, so you should water when the top 1-2 inches of the soil is dry to the touch. Humidity is also important for this plant, so it's a good idea to use a pebble tray, humidifier, or mist your plant regularly.
Soil: A mixture of sand. peat moss, and potting soil is best, to allow for proper drainage as well as enough support for the plant.
Fertilizer: Feed with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the spring and summer months.