Plant Care Chinese plum-yew

Chinese plum-yew

About Chinese plum-yew

Chinese plum-yew is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Chinese plum-yew likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Chinese plum-yew belongs to the cephalotaxus genus, and is native to Eastern and Central China andMyanmar.

Taxonomy

Cephalotaxus fortunei
Cephalotaxus
Taxaceae
Pinales

Also known as

Chinese plum-yew, plum yew, Chinese cowtail pine and san jian shan

How to care for Chinese plum-yew

Water

How often to water your Chinese plum-yew

Water needs for Chinese plum-yew
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese plum-yew needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Chinese plum-yew in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese plum-yew: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese plum-yew love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chinese plum-yew does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese plum-yew in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese plum-yew

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese plum-yew: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese plum-yew after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Chinese plum-yew is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Soil
Fertilizer
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Chinese plum-yew

Chinese plum-yew


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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