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Araucaria (Araucaria heterophylla)

(Family- Araucariaceae)

Araucaria Heterophylla is symmetrical looking conifer tree that rarely grows up to 3-6 feet. Out of the 15 species in this family, Araucaria is the only one that is grown as an indoor plant.  This plant is a native from Norfolk Island in South Pacific, but it does not care about the kind of soil, rather it can tolerate adversely acidic soils as well as salty soil near beaches. Araucaria may have the quality of surviving in a variety of soils but at the same time it needs good drainage to flourish. Araucaria because of its branches arranged in tiers and leaves like tiny needles, makes it look attractive indoors and outdoors, this structure of the plant is popularly known and chosen as a Christmas tree making it a very popular ornamental plant for house and gardens.        

   Care Tips

  •          Do not let the plant sit in water.
  •          Overwatering can be deadly.
  •          Provide well-drained soil.
  •          Care for the roof system is a must, therefore frequent repotting should be avoided.
  •          They tolerate 7˚c-27˚c of temperature, if above then mist-spray occasionally.
  •          Keep the plant in medium to bright light as much as possible.
  •          Do not cut or trim the plant.
  •          Provide some ventilation during the summer months.
  •          Mix a liquid fertilizer to the potting mix every three weeks in the active growth period.

 

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