Growing Variegated Pittosporum Plants

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Growing and caring for Variegated Pittosporum plants requires trimming the plant like a hedge. Learn how to grow Pittosporum plants in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Stan DeFreitas

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For On Gardening, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb. One of the favorite landscape plants is that of the Pitisporom. This is Varigated Pitisporom. Pitisporom Tabyra. Now the Pitisporom is a Japanese plant that is a beautiful plant as far as using it as a hedge or as a foundation plant. Now this one really probably needs to be cut back a little bit so it will fill out and be fuller. Remember, every time you trim back the plant it will branch out and become doubly thick. So when you see a hedge plant that's trimmed on a constant basis, normally they'll get thicker and thicker. If you're in doubt, make sure you cut them a little bit wider and so we get more light into the center. We'll usually cut them in, in like this on the top and we get more light in, we get a thicker plant. Most of the time people plant it like a V and they keep cutting it out wider and wider and they have it thickness on the very top and no thickness through the base. Pitisporom will grow in about six hours of bright sun a day. If it's in four or five hours a day, it tends to start getting a little bit leggy like this one is. If that occurs, trim it back, get it a good fertilizer about every two months, and you're in business. For On Gardening, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb.