Pittosporum tenuifolium: planting, pruning and maintenance

Pittosporum tenuifolium variegatum

Pittosporum tenuifolium has beautiful variegated foliage.

In summary, what you need to know is:

Name  : Pittosporum  tenuifolium
Family  : Pittosporaceae

Height
 2 to 3 m
Exhibition  : Sunny
Sol  : Ordinary

Foliage
 : Persistent
Flowering  : Spring

The planting, pruning and maintenance of Pittosporum tenuifolium will contribute to the proper development of your pittosporum. ©hcast

Planting of pittosporum tenuifolium 

Pittosporum tenuifolium variegated is a little less hardy than the others, so it will always prefer a sunny location sheltered from cold winds in winter.

Pittosporum tenuifolium shall be planted at Spring or the Autumn for Pittosporums sold in containers.

  • Choose a sunny spot sheltered from cool winds.
  • Make sure you have well-drained soil as it does not like stagnant water.
  • Bring a mixture of potting soil and garden soil for good rooting.
  • Water regularly in the first year after planting.
  • Follow our guide to plant the shrubs well

In hedges To ensure that the pittosporum tenuifolium can grow, keep a distance of 80 cm between each pittosporum tenuifolium so that it has room to develop.

Pittosporum tenuifolium in pot :

The cultivation of potted Pittosporum tenuifolium is quite possible and even recommended to create a little green space on your terrace or balcony.

  • Use a jar of sufficient diameter with a hole in the bottom.
  • Put a bed of gravel or clay beads at the bottom of the jar
  • Fill the pot with special shrub, planting or universal potting soil.
  • Plant the pittosporum tenuifolium in the pot and cover the rest with the same potting soil.
  • Water generously, then repeat the watering as soon as the soil surface is dry.

Pruning and maintenance of pittosporum tenuifolium

Once in place, pittosporum requires little care and maintenance.

  • Watering in case of high heat and/or prolonged drought
  • Apply shrub fertilizer in early spring.
  • Good mulching at the foot of the pittosporum in winter keeps its roots at least partially frost-free.

Trim the pittosporum tenuifolium well:

Pittosporum tenuifolium variegated is fairly tolerant of pruning, especially when grown in hedges or pots and it is necessary to contain its growth or simply give it a nice shape.

  • Pittosporum should not be pruned at the end of winter, as its spring flowering would be compromised.
  • Wait for the late flowering of spring to carve the pittosporum.

For the hedge trimming of Pittosporum tenuifolium:

About pittosporum tenuifolium

The Pittospore with small variegated leaves brings colour and lightness to shrub beds and hedges.

The  Pittosporum tenuifolium   is part of the  pittosporaceae, he’s native to the southern regions of our planet.

Its look, its green and white slanted foliage gives it a very decorative look, whether it is grown in the ground or in pots on a terrace or balcony.

It requires little maintenance and you will even have the opportunity, if you wish, to give it the shape you want by trimming it to your liking.

Among the pittosporum which is particularly appreciated in the garden, also note the   pittosporum tobira.

Pittosporum fears heavy frost, straw the base of the tree to protect it from the cold.