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.
Also known as
Chinese plum-yew, plum yew, Chinese cowtail pine and san jian shan
How to care for Chinese plum-yew
How often to water your Chinese plum-yew
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 located in Miami, Florida.
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
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Finding light for Chinese plum-yew in your home
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 🚫.
Miami, Florida currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.
How to fertilize Chinese plum-yew
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.
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!
Chinese plum-yew prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Chinese plum-yew requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.
Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.
If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.
Chinese plum-yew does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!
Chinese plum-yew grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!
Chinese plum-yew will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Chinese plum-yew can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Care Summary for Chinese plum-yew
0.5 cups every 9 days
< 1ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in Miami, Florida, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.