The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Pittosporum

Family: Pittosporaceae.

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Pittosporum tobira
Pittosporum Genus of about 200 species of usually evergreen shrubs and trees, a few epiphytic, found in habitats ranging from sandy savanna to rainforest, in Australia, southern Africa, S. and E. Asia, and the Pacific islands. Pittosporum can be grown into a large plant but it has a slow growth rate. Small plants are often used for terrariums and dish gardens. Medium light intensity or partial sun is best. Any good potting soil may be used. Temperatures should be between 55 and 70 degrees. Extra humidity is beneficial. The creamy flowers appear only under good light conditions, and cool winter quarters are needed. Pittosporum
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Warm - minimum 50F in winter. As much light as possible. Shade from hot sun. Grow in soil-based potting mix. Keep compost moist at all times - reduce watering in winter. Mist leaves frequently. Take semi-ripe stem tips cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom heat. Sow seed as soon as ripe, or in spring, in containers in a cold frame.

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