Outdoor bonsai

These are trees that, by their nature, must be placed outside, ideal for balconies, gardens and terraces

Podocarpus sp.

Family

Podocarpaceae

Origin

Mild regions of Oceania, Asia, Africa and America.

Etymology

The name Podocarpus is derived from the Greek, podos, meaning “foot”, and karpos, meaning “fruit”

Podocarpus sp.

Characteristics

Evergreen bush. Related to Taxus. Belongs to the order of the conifers.


Place

Outside in Mediterranean climates during the whole year with lots of sun. In colder zones it is preferable to protect against the cold and frost.


Irrigation

Abundant in summer and moderated in winter.


Fertilization

Spring and autumn.

Transplant

Every 3 to 5 years in spring.

Substratum

100% Akadama, or a mixture of Akadama with a 20% of volcanic earth.


Pruning and nipping

Pruning

At the beginning of budding in spring but always leave buds or leaves otherwise the branch will dry out.

Nipping

At the beginning of budding in spring but always leave buds or leaves otherwise the branch will dry out.

Fencing

During the whole year.


Curiosities

The Podocarpus is a conifer from tropical and subtropical regions. It is also known by the name of buddhist’s pine. In the female podocarpus, the colours of the receptacle which supports the fruits are spectacular: they are from red to purple going through to oranges and violet.


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Podocarpus sp.