Podocarpus Bonsai Tree #3053
Podocarpus - Buddhist pine, Chinese yew
Width: 12” Height: 17” Depth: 12”
General Information: This upright, dense evergreen has pointed, leathery, dark green leaves arranged on stiff, symmetrical branches and works very well as a screen, hedge, strong accent plant, or framing tree. The crown forms a somewhat pyramidal to oval outline. Able to reach 90 feet in height, Nagi Podocarpus is usually seen at 30 to 40 feet in height due to the moderately-slow growth rate. Compact branching habit and very dark green foliage make this a dense tree in full sun, more open but surprisingly dense in shade.
Lighting: Likes direct sunlight. Too little light will result in large, elongated needles. Can survive, however, on as little as 800 Lux. In very sun-intense areas, Podocarpus may suffer leaf-burn if not given shade during the hottest part of the day.
Temperature: Zones 9 through 11. Will survive light frost, but for best
results, keep above 55F. Can be grown successfully indoors in a well-lit spot. Prefers winter temperatures between 61-68F.
Watering: Likes slightly moist soil, but be sure to provide adequate
drainage. Gray needles are a sign of overwatering. Daily misting is
appreciated by indoor plants.
Feeding: For indoor growers who can't take the fishy smell, liquid bonsai fertilizer can be used, applied every two weeks in warm weather, every six in winter. Podocarpus likes slightly acid soil, so a dose of Mir acid several times a year is helpful. These plants need additional iron and magnesium; iron is partially supplied by the Mir acid. In addition, apply a dose of chelated iron twice yearly.
Pruning and wiring: Pinch back new growth as necessary, and remove oversized needles. If half of the bud is pinched away, back budding is stimulated, and leaf reduction will occur. Cutting the leaves will result only in brown edges; smaller replacement leaves will not necessarily form. Wire lignified wood for 2-3 months, being careful to watch for any signs that the wire is beginning to cut into the bark. Green wood may be wired loosely.