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Araucaria heterophylla

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Description

Araucaria heterophylla is a tropical needled evergreen tree that is commonly grown as a houseplant in temperate climates. For indoors, use fertile, porous, sandy, peaty, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in fairly cool conditions (55-65 degrees F). Full sun is normally best for developing compact symmetrical growth, but some light afternoon shade may be needed to avoid possible foliage bleach (yellow tints). As a houseplant, it will generally adapt to the warm, dry atmosphere found in most offices and homes. Consider weekly or biweekly applications of dilute liquid fertilizer from spring through fall. Avoid soils that are too soggy or too dry.

Cultivars:
Tags:
#tropical#evergreen#sun#full sun#houseplant#tree#interiorscape#afternoon shade#needled evergreen
Cultivars:
Tags:
#tropical#evergreen#sun#full sun#houseplant#tree#interiorscape#afternoon shade#needled evergreen
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Araucaria
    Species:
    heterophylla
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Norfolk Island, off the coast of Australia
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    dry indoor atmosphere
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Columnar
    Erect
    Pyramidal
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has needlike, awl-shaped 1/2" long leaves are soft with sharp pointed ends. They overlap each other and point to the stem ends. This plant has whorled branches with typically five branches per whorl.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    This plant has whorled branches with typically five branches per whorl.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants