How to care for a Podocarpus | Buddhist Pine plant

The Buddhist Pine has a vibrant, grass-like foliage that mesmerizes anyone who sees him. Keep him healthy by letting his soil dry before waterings and by placing him somewhere he can get bright light. He has the potential to grow quite big and can benefit from regular pruning.

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  • Moderate
  • Every 3-4 years
  • Bright, indirect light
  • Toxic
  • Biweekly during growing season

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  • The Buddhist pine is native to tropical climates of Asia. It was brought to Europe and America during the nineteenth century.
  • Buddhist Pines are strong air purifiers.
  • Buddhist Pines are toxic to humans and animals.
  • Buddhist pines will show you they're thirsty by drooping their new growth leaves. They like consistently moist soil, so water when the top 1-2 inches are dry. Brown leaf tips are a sign of overwatering.
  • Buddhist pines prefer bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight will cause the tips of the leaves to turn brown. If it's not getting enough light, the lower leaves will become large and elongated.
  • Buddhist pines need to be fertilized every two weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Dilute the fertilizer to 1/2 strength.
  • Young Buddhist Pine will need to be repotted every 2-3 years and more mature plants only need to be repotted every 4-5 years.
  • Buddhists pines can grow to be quite large and can benefit from regular pruning to maintain their size and shape. Pruning the main stem will encourage side branches to grow, resulting in a fuller, bushier plant.
  • Buddhist pines are susceptible to root rot (when overwatered) and sooty mould.

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