Conditions For Growing Pittosporum

Which soil type for pittosporum: The soil used for planting pittosporum should be well-draining so that it does not retain water. Loamy or sandy soil is ideal and it should be slightly acidic too. 

Which water type for pittosporum: Although, pittosporum can is a hardy plant that can endure drought better than constant irrigation, keep in mind that it still requires moisture for good growth. Water the plant well in spring and summer but make sure the topsoil dries between watering periods. Reduce watering in winter since it can survive without it.

How much light for pittosporum: pittosporum is not selective when it comes to lighting supply. It can fair well in both full sun and partial shade.

What temperature is needed for pittosporum: The temperature tolerance of pittosporum is different depending on the species but most of the species can endure temperatures as low as-5 degrees celsius. It is a hardy plant that will not be killed by frost, but frost can damage its foliage.

How to do you prune a pittosporum Most types of pittosporum grow round or a mound so they do not require regular pruning. However, if you want the desired shape you will need to prune the tree regularly to maintain the shape and you can also prune your plant to form a pittosporum hedge. Also, pruning should be done after its blooming period so that it won't affect its growth in the next season. 

What types of pittosporum are there?

There are several types of pittosporun and the most common species are pittosporum silver queen, pittosporum tobira nana, pittosporum elizabeth, pittosporum irene patterson, pittosporum silver ball, pittosporum silver sheen, pittosporum tenuifolium tom thumb, pittosporum tenuifolium variegatum.

What is the best pittosporum for my garden?

Any species of pittosporum is great for your garden, it only depends on your preference. You can choose from any of these options: pittosporum silver ball, pittosporum silver sheen, pittosporum tenuifolium tom thumb, pittosporum tenuifolium variegatum.

Can I use pittosporum for a hedge?

Pittosporum plants make beautiful hedges for your garden. They can be pruned to a hedge without hurting the plant.

How quickly does pittosporum grow?

Pittosporum is a fast-growing tree and can grow up to 3 metres annually depending on the species and the growing conditions.

How big does pittosporum get?

The natural form of a pittosporum tree is dense and rounded and at the peak of its growth, it can reach 8 – 12 feet in length with a diameter of 12 -18 feet. 

Is pittosporum a tree or a shrub?

Pittosporum is made up of both trees and shrubs. 

Can pittosporum grow in shade?

Pittosporum is not a selective species when it comes to light. They thrive equally well in sunlight and shade.

How do I care for pittosporum?

It is a hardy plant but still needs care. Take note of the soil type and water requirements. 

What Is Variegated Pittosporum? 

Variegated Pittosporum is commonly referred to as variegated Japanese mock orange. It is a compact evergreen shrub that posses variegated foliage. This plant produces small, white flowers with orange-blossom fragrance during spring.

Variegated Pittosporum are excellent shrubs that you can plant as a hedge, privacy screens, and mass plantings. The leaves of this plant as well as its unique variegated foliage are some of the amazing features of this variety. 

In gardens or yards that it is cultivated, a wonderful fragrance fills the air, adding to the beauty it provides. Its leaves are evergreen. That means you do not have to worry about the leaves falling off. 

How Do You Treat Variegated Pittosporum?

Variegated Pittosporum just like every other plant is susceptible to certain disease conditions. Below are some tips that will help you treat your variegated Pittosporum plant. 

Root Rot

If you notice the plane have root rot issues, the best approach is not to cultivate the plant too deeply into the ground. Providing a good drainage system that would help channel water away from the plant is also a good suggestion. 

Leaf Spot

Variegated Pittosporums are susceptible to leaf spot when there is humid conditions with poor circulation of air. You can prevent this situation by watering only the plant’s roots in order to avoid watering the foliage. However, fungicides are effective in treating leaf rot disease if the plant have already been affected. 

You should also employ cultural practices to prevent and curtail the spread of the disease to other plants in the garden. It is also important that you read the label of the fungicide carefully before use because some of them are capable of injuring or killing variegated Pittosporum. 

Southern Blight Infections

Th best way to treat this disease is to remove the infected plant and fumigate the soil with a broad-spectrum fumigant. Without the use of fumigants, southern blight infection-causing organisms can remain in the soil for many years. This can put new plants in danger. 

Bacterial And Fungal Infections

These infections are best treated via pruning the injured branches or twigs. It is advisable that the cutting should be 6-8 inches below the infected part of the stem. Ensure you clean the pruning equipment or tool with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol when pruning Pittosporum for treatment purposes. In the absence of that chemical, you can use 10 percent bleach solution. 

How To Care For Variegated Pittosporum

  • Ensure you water the plant weekly and more often during periods of extreme heat until the plant(s) is well established. Variegated Pittosporums are able to handle long periods without rainfall once they are established. 
  • Apply fertiliser before the appearance of new growth in spring.
  • Pruning to shape should be done during late winter.

To Wrap It Up

You do not have to worry if you have pets in your garden or yard because this particular variety is pet friendly. It is also able to tolerate urban pollution if you want to plant it in an industrial area. 

There are some plants you can cultivate alongside variegated Pittosporum in order to give your garden a unique appearance. They include: Heavenly bamboo, Blue oat grass, Agapanthus, Bottlebrush (Callistemon), and Loropetalum