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Afrocarpus gracilior - Podocarpus - African Fern Pine - Buddhist Pine

The PODOCARPUS plant has its origins in mountainous areas of south and southeast African equatorial regions. It is a slow-growing coniferous tree which reaches heights of 60 feet or more in its natural habitat. It is distinguished by its medium green, needle-like leaves and weeping growth habit. This is an excellent plant for interiorscapers and homeowners alike. Its lush growth and almost artificial-looking leaves add grace and charm to many locations.

LIGHT: A. gracilior will tolerate light as low as 100 footcandles, but prefers bright, filtered light in the 250-500 footcandle range.

TEMPERATURE: This plant will grow satisfactorily in temperatures between 65° and 75°F but will be just as happy in temperatures as low as 50°F. Growth will be slowed at temperatures below that.

WATER: This plant is a heavy water user. It should never be allowed to dry to a wilt as it may not recover. Water when the surface of the soil is dry to the touch. Feed sparingly with a general purpose plant food.

Because this plant dislikes frequent repotting, every year or two remove the top few inches of soil yearly and replace with fresh mix.

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