Top Questions About Podocarpus Plants

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Questions About Podocarpus Plants

Asked by
Leah D. on
September 1, 2012

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
September 2, 2012
Certified Expert
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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
San Jose CA 95120

Q. 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?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
January 21, 2018
Certified Expert
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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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Asked by
lpmooney on
July 22, 2018
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Q. Can I trim off the tops to my podocarpus

I live in Florida and I am using the podocarpus as a hedge

Answered by
BushDoctor on
July 23, 2018
Certified Expert
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This will not be affected negatively by pruning at all. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/podocarpus/podocarpus-yew-pine-plants.htm

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Asked by
coringroup on
October 11, 2018
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Q. see below for details

Live in NE Fl. (jacksonville) and am looking for foundation shrubs. Considering Podocarpus or Needle Point Holly. Interested in your thoughts re those 2 plants or suggestions for any others.
Currently have Clearya which has not done well as my foundation plant. Sun and part shade. probably will keep plants about 4-5 ft. tall.
Thanks,
Joe Carroll

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 16, 2018
Certified Expert
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There are very many options for this application. This article will help to get you started: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/gardening-by-zone/zone-9-10-11/zone-9-flowering-bushes.htm

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Asked by
naomifansler on
April 11, 2019
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Q. My Podocarpus Maki plant is turning brown at the tips of the branches. It has been planted since March 16th

It showed no signs of any damage until the last few days. Please tell me what is wrong with my plant.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
April 13, 2019
Certified Expert
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Are you experiencing wetter than normal conditions, or watering excessively? This would be the main cause of fungal infections. I would recommend a treatment of dolomitic lime (Not hydrated) and wettable sulfur. This will also help with magnesium deficiency, which is a common issue with these plants.

For more information on the care of these plants, please read this article: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/podocarpus/podocarpus-yew-pine-plants.htm

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Asked by
escalamaria on
July 27, 2019
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Q. Podocarpus as a Hedge

I am trying to find “Podocarpus” as a Hedge for a narrow area. Live in Southern Calif. and the podocarpus that is sold in most stores and websites are either 3.5 gal. or bigger or if smaller have to spend a lot of money. First of all what type should I be looking for and any ideas where I can find something much smaller and affordable ?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
July 29, 2019
Certified Expert
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We do not sell plants, or offer specific places to purchase. I would suggest looking at online nurseries like Ebay, Amazon, or Etsy. Alternatively, you can check local nurseries in your area.

As for the type, that will be completely up to you! You will have to see available cultivars from the nurseries that you find.

I can offer information on the shrub, though. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/podocarpus/podocarpus-yew-pine-plants.htm

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Asked by
junewrader on
August 12, 2019
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Q. Why is it not stated that Podocarpus trees drop their tiny leaves year round, making a constant mess?

I don’t know what kind of Podocarpus tree I had, but I had it cut down because I couldn’t stand the daily mess it made anymore. They are supposed to be evergreen, which it was, but daily it shed those tiny little leaves that got on everything everywhere. I don’t have any pictures because the tree is now gone and everything cleaned up.

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
August 13, 2019
Certified Expert
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That is odd. Evergreens shouldn't lose their leaves. At least not constantly. I did some research and didn't find anything in the extension publications about leaf litter but one did say dried fruit could cause a litter probem. But I did find a post on a community forum page where the owner had issues with leaf litter getting in her pool filter. Since leaf drop is abnormal, your tree may have experienced some environmental stress that caused the leaves to drop. In any case, I will forward your concern to the editor for more research. Thank you for letting us know about your experience with podocarpus.

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