Pittosporum tenuifolium Tom Thumb - New Zealand Pittosporum - Plant in 9cm Pot
Raised in New Zealand in 1960 as a seedling of P. purpureum, Tom Thumb is an evergreen compact shrub prized for its very attractive, wavy foliage, which emerges light green but soon turns dark purple to match the dark purple stems. It has much more compact growth than most other Pittosporums so is ideal for the small garden and patio. In late spring and early summer it occasionally produces small deep purple honey scented flowers, however it is grown primarily for its foliage as it does not flower reliably in the Uk. A delightful plant which can be used in a mixed planting or as a stand alone specimen in the garden or can easily be grown in a pot. When growing in a pot or other container. Use a good quality John Innes compost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types of compost eventually degrade and become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer. We recommend Osmoscote pro 12-14 month applied in the early spring. One application gives all the nutrients the plant requires for the whole year. John Innes is a soils based compost. This plant is not as hardy as some and is best planted in a sheltered location, especially in colder northern areas. If grown in a pot the compost should not be allowed to freeze. Hard pruning can be safely undertaken to control the size of the plant but must only be done when there is no danger of frost. ..