Oct 092015
 

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Araucaria heterophylla
How to keep them thriving indoors in Melbourne!

Please Note: This is not a plant we carry as a stock item due to their size. If you are interested in purchasing one please call the nursery (8850 3030) and we can try to order one in for you. Be aware that it may take a while for us to source one. The information below is specific to this particular plant. For more detailed notes on the general growing conditions required for all indoor plants, check out our ‘Growing Indoor Plants Successfully’ factsheet.

I didn’t realise these were suitable as an indoor plant until I saw them used in that way in New York of all places. But in fact, a bit of research showed they make very good indoor plants and the juvenile foliage is much softer and featherier than the foliage you associate with them as an outdoor tree. They also double as an indoor Christmas tree! They grow slowly indoors and can last for many years inside your home.

Watering
Keep moist in the growing periods of spring and summer, but allow to dry out in between watering over the cooler months.

Light
Moderate to bright indirect light.

Temperature and Humidity
Normal indoor temperatures suit it well, try to keep over 10C. Keep away from heating and cooling ducts. Likes a humid environment.

Fertilising
Do not over fertilise. Apply slow release fertiliser in spring at half the recommended rate.

Maintenance
Your pot plant should be flushed annually. This process flushes away the salts that build up in the potting mix. To flush the pot, water several times in succession, soaking the pot each time until water runs out of the bottom.
Mist or shower occasionally to keep the foliage clean.

Doesn’t mind being pot bound and this tends to slow its growth. When repotting follow the instructions in our ‘Growing Indoor Plants Successfully’ factsheet.

Problems
Generally pest free.