How to grow and care for Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus macrophyllus) Indoors

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Buddhist Pine Care, Podocarpus macrophyllus Care

Botanical name: Podocarpus macrophyllus
Family: Podocaroaceae
Common names: Buddhist Pine, Yew Plum Pine, Fern Pine, Japanese Yew

Buddhist Pine Description

Buddhist Pine also called Yew Plum Pine, Japanese Yew or Fern Pine is a durable plant which does not mind a draughty situation. It is a slow grower and requires little attention.

The upright stems in Buddhist Pine bear dark-green narrow and glossy leathery leaves. Regular pruning will keep the plant as a compact shrub.

The leaves in Buddhist Pine are strap-shaped, 6-12 cm long and about 1 cm wide, with a central midrib.

Buddhist Pine is a coniferous plant. The cones are borne on a short stem and have 2-4 scales, usually 1 or 2 fertile, each fertile scale bears a single apical seed 10-15mm.

Buddhist Pine is highly regarded as a feng shui tree in Hong Kong. The tree can also be trained as a bonsai.

Buddhist Pine Origin

Podocarpus macrophyllus is native to southern Japan and southern and eastern China.

Buddhist Pine Size

In its natural habitat it can reach a height of 30-40 ft. Indoors it will reach a height of about 6 ft.

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Buddhist Pine Care, Podocarpus macrophyllus Care

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Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus macrophyllus) Care Indoors

Buddhist Pine Light Requirements

Buddhist Pine grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight; an east- or west-facing window where it can receive some direct sunlight is ideal.

Low light or inadequate light will result in elongated leaves which is an attempt by the plant to reach the light source. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Buddhist Pine

Water Buddhist Pine thoroughly and keep the soil fairly moist at all times during the growing season for optimal growth of the plant.

Reduce watering for your Buddhist Pine during the cold season as growth at this time is minimal. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.root-rot.

Temperature for Buddhist Pine

Buddhist Pine prefers a cool temperature between 10-210C. The plant does not mind cold draughts as it is a cool climate plant.

Humidity for Buddhist Pine

Buddhist Pine has no need for high humidity. Average room is ideal for your Buddhist Pine.

However, where the air temperatures are very high which causes the air too be too dry, raise humidity for your Buddhist Pine. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Buddhist Pine

Feed Buddhist Pine with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer every 2 weeks during the growing period.

Withhold feeding for your Buddhist Pine during the cold season as growth is minimal and feeding at this time can cause fertilizer burn. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to repot Buddhist Pine

Repot Buddhist Pine during the growing season only when it has overgrown its current pot. The plant is slow growing and repotting may not be very frequent.

Use rich, free-draining soil and a pot one size larger for your Buddhist Pine. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole(s) to prevent soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.

How to prune Buddhist Pine

Pruning Buddhist Pine requires pinching of the growing tips to encourage a compact growth and control the height of the plant. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

How to Propagate Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus macrophyllus)

Buddhist Pine can be propagated from seeds or from semi-hard wood stem cuttings taken during the growing period. Here is a detailed account on How to Propagate Buddhist Pine.

Buddhist Pine Care, Podocarpus macrophyllus Care

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Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus macrophyllus) Problems Indoors

Buddhist Pine lower leaves long and elongated

Long and elongated lower leaves in Buddhist Pine is due to too low light (inadequate light). This is an attempt by the plant to reach the light source.

Buddhist Pine grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight. Move the plant to a brighter spot where it will receive bright light with some direct sunshine. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Buddhist Pine brown leaf tips

Brown leaf tips in Buddhist Pine are due to too wet soil (soggy soil). Maintain the soil slightly moist but not soggy.

Ensure the soil is free-draining and the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Buddhist Pine pests

Common pests in Buddhist Pine are Mealy Bugs and Scale Insects.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Buddhist Pine toxic?

Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus macrophyllus) is toxic to both humans and pets.

The fruits and the leaves contain a poisonous substance which causes severe drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pains if ingested.

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