Author Topic: Large Podocarpus  (Read 4893 times)


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Large Podocarpus
« on: May 22, 2016, 02:25 PM »
I have got several Harshly cutback Old Podocarpus that were taken from a hedge on the end of a building. They all were hedged and in very moist almost wormdirt. I put one in a pot of regular potting soil, the rest just put the large root ball plugs back into the ground. I cut them out so the roots except for the large ones holding them in were barely disturbed.
Should I Pot them as I have with this one, or put them back in the ground.
I guess really my real question is there anything with these that make them tricky to keep alive after drastic cutback?
« Last Edit: May 22, 2016, 02:28 PM by BozenBonsai »


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Re: Large Podocarpus
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2016, 09:29 AM »
I don't have any experience w/ Podocarpus, so take what I'm saying for what its worth. 

Unless there's something unique to Podocarpus, I think the soil you've used is going to be too water-retentive (...and too restrictive of air).  If you have problems with this one, I'd wager its because of the soil.

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Re: Large Podocarpus
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2016, 01:07 PM »
In the ground you will get better back budding on the older wood. So the ones you have in the ground are probably in the "right place". Leave them for at least 3 years to get the best benefit of having stuck them back in the ground.

I too am not that experienced with podocarpus, hopefully others with more experience will respond.


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Re: Large Podocarpus
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2017, 12:17 AM »
Bozen Bonsai, How are the trees doing?  I have found they don't like a lot of root disturbance or root pruning.  Work them down to the proper bonsai pot size slowly.  Susumu Nakamura once said, "Its better to have live bonsai in wrong size pot than dead bonsai in right size pot."  Also podocarpus do not take drying out so you have to watch that they never get too dry.  I lost a couple that way.