Buddhist Pine Podocarpus Bonsai Tree Number 58

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Buddhist Pine Podocarpus Bonsai Tree Number 58

Buddhist Pine Podocarpus Bonsai Tree Number 58

Slow growing evergreen tree with growth similar to that of a Yew.

Difficult to grow in an normal room or office setting, where it dislikes the dryness of the air. Will grow in a conservatory or sunny porch, where you should move it outside when frosts cease for the year. Outdoors, site in full sun, perhaps with light shade in hot summer weather.

The height listed is total height of tree and pot together.

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Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus) Bonsai Tree Care

The Podocaprus is an evergreen tree with stiff, thick foliage similar to Yew trees and an upright growth habit. The most commonly found species used in bonsai is Podocarpus Macrophylla.

In the wild it forms a stately tree commonly around forty feet high but with the capacity to get taller than this. When growing in full sun the foliage is very dense though it also grows in shaded positions.

It is found throughout Japan, China and other parts of eastern Asia.

In bonsai it a most frequently found in the informal upright style and in small groups. It also lends itself to formal upright, slanting, semi-cascade, twin-trunk, triple-truck and clasped to rock.

Position

Harder to grow in a normal room or office setting, where it dislikes the dryness of the air. Misting the tree will help. Will grow in a conservatory or sunny porch, where you should move it outside when frosts cease from the year. Outdoors, site in full sun, perhaps with light shade in hot summer weather. Some protection from frosty weather is recommended.

Watering

Water daily in summer, keep the soil moist at other times.

Feeding

Feed once a month from spring to autumn. The tree also benefits from an application of chelated iron once or twice a year.

Pruning

The tree extends shoots of lighter green foliage when growing. These can be cut or pinched back to a few new leaves after first being allowed to extend for 7 to 10cm. This will encourage back-budding along the branches and therefore tighter growth. Old, yellow leaves can be removed to keep the tree looking fresh.

Branches can we wired with ease. Older trees can be brittle so care is required.

Repotting

Podocarpus grow slowly and repotting is required only about every 3-4 years, Used a general bonsai soil mix. Do not remove a large amount of roots in one go, only about 10-20% of the root mass.