Podocarpus macrophyllus (罗汉松)
Pot Size: Approx. 14cm(Ø) x 8cm(H) x 35cm(Overall Height)
- Podocarpus Macrophyllus is a conifer in the genus Podocarpus, family Podocarpaceae.
- It is the northernmost species of the genus, native to southern Japan and southern and eastern China.
- Common names in English include yew plum pine, Buddhist pine and, fern pine.
- Kusamaki (クサマキ) and inumaki (犬槇) are Japanese names for this tree.
- In China, it is known as 羅漢松 or luóhàn sōng, which literally means “arhat pine”.
- Podocarpus are a very tough plants that thrive in the most adverse conditions tolerating a wide range of soils, including well-drained clay.
- They prefer a moist but well-drained sandy soil, however are exceptionally drought tolerant when established.
- As with so many other ornamental plants they not like constantly soggy or wet soils, which can cause problems with the roots.
- Very alkaline or heavy soils may cause nutrient deficiencies.
- Podocarpus grow well in a wide range of soil pH ranging between 4.5 to 7.5 on the pH scale.
- Most average garden soils fall between a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0.
- Fertilizing is also necessary if your bonsai is to remain healthy and beautiful.
- Since your bonsai is growing in such a small amount of soil it is necessary to replenish the soil’s supply of nutrients periodically.
- Any general-purpose liquid fertilizer will do fine and is available at most garden centers.
- Suggested fertilizers will be used at half their recommended strength.
- Your bonsai will also respond well to foliar feeding, with a water-soluble fertilizer applied every other month as a spray.
- When nightly lows do not dip below 40 degrees, your bonsai should be placed outside, such as on a patio, balcony, terrace or in a garden.
- Once outside, your bonsai should be positioned where it will receive sufficient sun – morning sun and afternoon shade is best.
- Apply water when the soil appears dry – never allow the soil to become completely dry.
- If your bonsai is receiving full sun, it may be necessary to water once a day.
- Evaluate each tree’s water requirements and adjust your watering schedule to accommodate it.
- It is a good idea to use a moisture meter until you get to know the requirements of your bonsai tree.
- Watering should be done with a watering can or hose attachment which should dispense the water in a soft enough manner as not to disturb the soil.
- Water should be applied until it begins running out of the holes in the bottom of your pot.