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Pittosporum are plants that have about 200 different kinds of species which belongs in the Pittosporaceae. Some of its species include Pittosporum aliferum, Pittosporum biclor, Pittosporum artense, Pittosporum collunum, Pittosporum geotzei, Pittosporum revolutum or the wild yellow Jasmin and a few hundre others.

Its characteristics:

The Pittosporum originates in Asia. The shrub is often called as mock orange because the smell is like an orange blossom especially when it blooms. This shrub has a dense leaves and it can grow as high as 2-3 meters tall or 15 feet. But usually it grows less. The leaves are in spoon shaped and appear to be shiny and have a dark green color. The shrub usually blooms during spring and it forms a cluster on the tip of the stem which is colored yellow and white. It also bears fruits but appears to be woody seeds which are encapsulated.

Where it grows and its condition

The shrub grows in Asia particularly in Japan and China. These are usually used as decorative shrubs in the yard in many countries worldwide. The Pittosporum can survive in countries where there are mild climates and as long as the soil is not always wet. Even though in summer, the shrub can still survive because it has drought tolerance as the shrub grows taller and taller.

How to grow Pittosporum plants?

Since this shrub is ideal for decorations, you can grow the Pittosporum in your backyard or front yard. All you need is to buy the seed and a seed case in home improvement stores or in garden stores in your area. The Wheeler’s Warf or the Japanese Pittosporum is one of the most common ornamental plants you can grow and this is mostly famous in garden shops.

Before planting the seeds, you need to hydrate them first. Put the seeds in lukewarm water for about 6 hours prior to planting. This process basically increases the chance of the speed to sprout in your yard.

While waiting for the hours, you can start digging in your yard. Make a 1 foot deep by 1 food diameter hole for the each portion you want the shrub to grow. Make sure that you are able to locate for the perfect spot where your Pittosporum can grow. Also consider that the area is exposed to 6 hours or more of direct sunlight for the shrub to grow.

Then after 6 hours, put some potting soil into the hole and put the seed case on top of the potting soil. You should not water nor “disturb” the area where you planted the Pittosporum for a week. Then you can start watering the plans for about 2 times a week. Make sure not to drown the seed and only dampen the area. Continue doing this and for a month there should be hedge sprout. You can put fertilizers like the 15-15-15 NPK fertilizer. This contains 15% of phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium. Then you will see the progress as the plan grows a foot, and then reach its fullest height in a year.