Podocarpus Plants

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Asked by Leah D. on September 1, 2012
Curing Aphids on My Houseplant

I have a weeping Podocarpus that seems to have a brown lumpy scale on some of its branches. I think they are aphids. I can scratch some of it off with my fingernails and the plant is also secreting sap on its needles. This plant has never been outside but has been close to windows. None of my other plants have this. How can I get rid of it?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

From your description, my best guess would be scale rather than aphids. At any rate, neem oil should take care of them. If there are not too many scale bugs, you can remove them with a q-tip dipped in neem oil, alcohol, or soap and water. These articles will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/scale-bug-how-to-control-plant-scale.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by hedy on January 19, 2018
Podocarpus

The bottom branches of my potted podocarpus are very thin and some are damaged while the top is full and healthy. Can I cut off the top half and re root it in water and then re plant it?

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BushDoctor
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can... You have two possible things to do here. You can cut the top off, and root a second plant, or you can cut off the bottom growth, and focus all of the growth to the top of the existing plant. This will be up to you, and either method is perfectly fine.

This article will give you more information on the plant:https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/podocarpus/podocarpus-yew-pine-plants.htm

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