Growing Japanese Pittosporum Plants
The Japanese Pittosporum plants are medium to tall evergreen shrubs with glossy vivid green foliage and clusters of white flowers that appear in summer. It is native to southern Japan and China. The attractive, dense evergreen foliage and mounded form, along with adaptability to many growing conditions, make it popular in landscapes as hedges and foundation plantings. These plants versatile and thrives equally well in either shade or sun. Propagation, or how to grow Pittosporum, is through semi-hardwood cuttings in summer. Place the cutting in a half and half mixture of peat and perlite. Keep the pot lightly moist and soon you will have another Pittosporum baby to enjoy. The plant does produce a small fruit with a bright red seed, but the seeds are not easily sprouted and are often not viable. The tolerance of this plant is nearly legendary. In addition to its ambivalence regarding lighting, it can also grow on almost any soil. It is drought resistant, but the plant is most beautiful when it does receive regular irrigation.
Use mulch around the root zone in hot areas, and plant in an eastern exposure at the highest hardiness zones to prevent sunscald. The most important aspect of good Japanese Pittosporum care is to ensure the planting site has adequate drainage. While the plants grows best when it has regular water, it doesn’t tolerate wet feet and is also susceptible to a host of fungal diseases. Water at the root zone to prevent foliar disease and fertilize in spring with an all purpose, slow release plant food.
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