Use: Medium green, low, slow-growing hedge material, or bedding plant.
Characteristics: Dark green Pringles is the dwarf variety of Podocarpus Maki. They have a tighter growth habit and smaller leaves. Pringles provided a formal, clipped look to the landscape and enjoys growing in full sun.
Trimming: During the initial establishment period, clip back by hand as stragglers shoot up. Prune these stragglers back to deep inside the body of the plant to encourage new growth to come from down low. Thus making the plant fuller from the base. After the establishment period, shear Podocarpus Pringles every 2 months.
Fertilizer: Every 3 months with high nitrogen granular formula. Caution: It is important to keep beds mulched and/or protected with pre-emergent herbicide, or a weed barrier. The maintenance personnel should be instructed to pull weeds not to spray them. A common problem is that weeds move in to un-mulched beds. Rather than pull the weeds, which is time consuming, landscapers will often spray them with Round Up, or an equivalent to kill them. This practice often permanently damages the plants.
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