I feel like I don’t give our shrubs enough love, so this week’s plant of the week is the Buddhist Pine! Originating from China and Japan, this evergreen shrub has long, dark, leathery leaves. It will generally grow straight up with little side branching unless it is actively pruned. Seeing as this plant is relatively easy to care for, it can also be easily trained to become a bonsai! Just a general warning, these plants are considered poisonous to cats, dogs and babies so be wary when bringing these plants into your household.
The Buddhist pine requires bright, indirect light. If the plant isn’t getting enough light, the lower leaves will become large and elongated. These guys prefer moist, but not soggy soil, so allow the top two inches of the soil to dry before watering again. These plants thrive in typically colder settings so keeping them in between 50-75 degrees is ideal. Like a lot of the plants we have covered, Buddhist pines like some humidity so if your house is typically dry, place them on a tray with water and pebbles in it. Make sure the plant is on top of the pebbles and not in the water. This plant will need to be groomed to maintain any kind of shape. pruning back new growth on the vertical stem will promote new growth and a fuller, bushier plant.