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Buddhist Pine(Podocarpus) Care


A Podocarpus requires very bright indirect light, even some direct sunlight. They also do well in light shade, especially in the winter months when growth slows. 


Well drained soil is essential, especially during the winter when they are susceptible to root rot. Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy; allow the top two inches to dry out slightly before watering. Letting the soil dry out completely in between watering will cause leaves to drop.  


Podocarpus prefer cool temperatures between 10-24 ℃, especially in winter. These plants do best in medium humidity. If your home is very dry, especially in the winter, set a small humidifier near your Podocarpus or place it on a bed of wet gravel. Be sure the plant is sitting on the gravel and not in the water.  


Feed a Podocarpus every two weeks in the spring and summer when it is actively growing. Use a plant food that is designed for acid loving plants.


Repot when needed in the spring, into a slightly larger pot with fresh soil. However, don’t increase the pot size too rapidly or the plant’s growth will slow down. The best idea is to go up one pot size every year.

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