Podocarpus – PD4
An evergreen bonsai that should be kept indoors all year or indoors during the winter and outside in the summer.
The branches are wired in order to improve the shape of the tree. The wires can easily be removed once the angle of the branches have set to your liking.
The optional Care Pack includes 2 bottles of feed: Plantfood 1 and Plantfood 2 (see the Care Tab); an under tray; and a pair of scissors for trimming the leaves. Your tree will not thrive without regular feeding. If the tree is kept indoors the under tray is useful as it will hold water thereby helping to increase humidity, and will prevent excess water leaking onto the windowsill. We prefer plastic trays as these are larger than the ceramic ones, and the latter can mark your woodwork when wet. The scissors can be used by right handed or left handed people. Each of these items are available separately in the ‘Tools’ pages.
Or you can just add an Under Tray to increase humidity and to catch any drips after watering.
You may order online or by telephone – if you prefer the latter please quote the tree number so we can dispatch the one you see here.
This tree measures approximately 38cm from the base of the pot to the top of the tree. The pot measures 16cm.
A Care Sheet is included with every tree sold. The information that follows is a quick guide to give you an idea of the suitability of this species.
Podocarpus bonsai should be kept indoors during the winter, but the tree will appreciate being kept outdoors in the summer.
Watering: In their natural environment trees have long roots that search for water and nutrition. Bonsai are of course kept in a pot and have shallow roots. They therefore need to be watered frequently: every day in their growing season, and every other day in winter. Water thoroughly until water drips through the holes in the bottom of the pot. If kept outside a shower of rain will not provide enough water.
Feeding: Add liquid feed to water every 2 weeks during the growing season. Use our Bonsai Plantfood 1 from March to June – this plantfood is high in nitrogen and encourages leaf growth. Then from July to October use Plantfood 2 – this one is high in potassium and lower in nitrogen and will strengthen your tree in preparation for winter. Feed once per month during the winter.
Position: Podocarpus like full sunlight: if kept indoors place on a sunny windowsill. However ideally not near a radiator as the tree could then get too hot. A hot dry room will cause the tree to rapidly dehydrate, so spray daily.
Dormant Period: Your tree needs a dormant period during the winter to rest. It needs to spend 6-8 weeks in temperatures between 0-5°C. For outdoor trees this is not a propblem as nature will help (winter!), but trees that are normally kept indoors will not get the required rest as they will live in a heated house. It is important that you move the tree somewhere it can live in cooler temperatures: either a greenhouse, an unheated porch, a garage (the tree will not need light during its rest period), or even the fridge (seriously)! The latter is fine if you have just the one tree, but if you have a large collection that is not feasible.
If you order a tree it will be delivered by courier (UPS). We will send you the tracking number. If the order is placed before 11 o’clock we will dispatch that day (or the next working day if you order during a weekend) and nearly all trees will arrive the next day. However, if the tree is a gift and you prefer it is delivered on a certain date, send us a message telling us when you would like it to be dispatched. Orders for Accessories only are delivered by Royal Mail’s First Class post.
- Tree: UK Mainland, Weekday Delivery – £5.75;
- Tree: UK Mainland, Saturday Delivery – £12.50;
- Tree: N. Ireland, Weekday Delivery – £10.00;
- Tree: N. Ireland, Saturday Delivery – £13.50;
- Accessories only: £3.95.
Should you purchase a tree and accessories then the courier rate for trees applies.
Packaging: Your tree is sent in a strong, plain cardboard box with ‘This Way Up’ and ‘Fragile’ labels. The tree is strapped to the bottom of the box so even if the box is upside down for a period of time it should not come to any harm. Some Bonsai shops use smart, printed boxes but this adds about £5 to the cost of the tree and we don’t think that is sensible.
PLEASE NOTE: orders for trees received after 11 o’clock on Thursdays will be despatched on Monday unless you opt for the extra cost for Saturday delivery.