The Buddhist pine, Podocarpus, is actually a yew pine with origins in the tropical climates of Asia. Many plants that today are used as houseplants were brought to Europe and America during the nineteenth century by merchants and naturalists who collected specimens when their ships called at ports in China, India, and Japan.
Lots of bright light, even direct sunlight. They also do well in light shade, especially in the winter months when growth slows.
A well-drained soil is essential, especially during the winter when they are susceptible to root rot. Err on the side of too dry if an error must be made. Fertilize with a weak liquid fertilizer during the growing season.
This plant requires low maintenance.
Toxic to pets
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