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Pittosporum / Green, Variegated
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Pittosporum / Green, Variegated

Latin Name:

PITTOSPORUM

Plant Type:

Shrub

Description:

Evergreen shrubs or small trees, kept to a manageable size by pruning.

Origin:

Japan

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

EI

Fragrant:

Yes

Growing Ease:

Requires extra care

Temperature:

50-75°F, 10-24°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Drench the soil and let it become moderately dry between waterings. If you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks during the spring and summer with a water soluble fertilizer.

Plant Pests:

Prone to mealy bugs, spider mites, scale and aphids. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Air-layering, seeds, tip cuttings in the summer. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while. To air-layer a plant, take a sharp knife and cut half way through the stem about a foot down from the top. Put a toothpick in the wound sideways, wrap wet sphagnum moss and a plastic bag around the wound secured by either rubber bands or tape. When roots form, cut off below the roots and plant.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist occasionally with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining). Keep cool in the winter. Requires good light to flower. If the roots start to grow out of the bottom of the pot, it’s time to repot! Prune occasionally to maintain height and shape.

Toxicity:

Parts of this plant can be toxic to pets.

Is Genus:

Yes

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