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Pittosporum Marjorie Channon – Top 5 Care & Propagation Tips

Home gardening isn’t easy. Anybody who has any experience with home gardening will tell you that, contrary to popular misconceptions, it is actually a pretty tedious task and that it requires a lot of time, effort, patience and, above all, knowledge.

To be a successful home gardener, you need to have knowledge of the specific needs of the plant(s) you have chosen to grow.

If you want to learn how to properly care for or propagate a Pittosporum Marjorie Channon in your home garden, you’ve come to the right place.

Stick with us, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about a pittosporum Marjorie Channon, how to properly care for it, and how to propagate it in your home garden.

We will begin with a discussion on the basic (most distinguishable) characteristics of a pittosporum Marjorie Channon.

Pittosporum Marjorie Channon
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The Basic Characteristics Of A Pittosporum Marjorie Channon

Having some basic information about the different species of the plants you choose to grow in your garden is essential to becoming a successful home gardener.

Having some basic information about the plants you grow in your garden will allow you to understand their needs better and, therefore, will ensure that you take care of them properly.

A brief discussion of some of the most distinguishable characteristics of pittosporum Marjorie Channon follows.

The pittosporum Marjorie Channon (pit-oh-SPOR-um ten-yoo-in-FOH-lee-um) is also known as “variegated tawhiwhi” or “variegated kohuhu.”

This plant is native to New Zealand and can grow as high as 8 – 12 feet if not cut or pruned. This is an evergreen shrub with a rounded pyramidal habit that boasts its beautiful small, greyish-green leaves, which are narrowly margined with a rich, creamy color.

The stems of this plant are dark as night and hence provide an interesting contrast to the leaves.

The plant blooms clusters of small purple or black-red flowers during spring which fill the air with its sweet flowery scent.

This combination of the plant’s evergreen beauty combined with its sweet honey-like scent is exactly what makes it so popular among the masses as a valuable addition to home gardens.

How To Take Care Of Your Pittosporum Marjorie Channon – Top 5 Tips

If the description above has convinced you into getting one of these plants for your garden, it will be useful for you to know how to take care of your Pittosporum Marjorie Channon.

As with any other plant, the Pittosporum Marjorie Channon has its own unique set of needs that must be met in order for the plant to grow properly. A failure to meet these requirements can result in the plant’s stunted growth and, in extreme cases, death.

Thankfully though, Pittosporum Marjorie Channon plants are (once established) pretty low maintenance plants that can survive in different growth conditions provided that they’re not too extreme.

Temperature matters

Pittosporum Marjorie Channon plants thrive in mildly warm (although not extremely hot) temperatures. You may expose It under direct or indirect sunlight (depending on the heat) to provide the plant with the required temperature for optimal growth.


All plants need water. However, as most gardeners know, not every plant requires the same amount of water. In fact, in some cases, excess watering can even prove to be lethal for the plant.

It is therefore extremely important to be mindful about watering the different plants in your home garden according to their unique and specific needs.

For Pittosporum Marjorie Channon, we recommend that you water this plant regularly for optimal growth. Be careful, though; drowning the plant in water can cause its roots to rot and catch fungal diseases.

In its early stages (while the plant is establishing itself), it is important to provide the plant with sufficient water. We recommend that you water it at least once every 5 days during this time. Later, when the plant has grown, you may decrease this frequency.


Pittosporum Marjorie Channon is a versatile plant that is able to withstand different types of soil conditions, including alkaline soils.

For its optimal growth, though, the plant prefers slightly acidic soil with a pH hovering around 5 to 7. Highly alkaline soils can cause the plant to have a magnesium deficiency. So, it is important to be mindful of the pH of the soil you place your plant in.


Pittosporum Marjorie Channon plants grow really well to proper pruning. Most of these plants can also be trained to grow like trees when their lower branches are regularly pruned.

You can also easily adjust their size with regular trimming. Just make sure you don’t cut the plant too often, though. Frequent pruning can cause hindrance to the plant’s flower growth.

Also, make sure you only prune the plant after its blooming period; otherwise, you risk halting its flower growth.

Make use of Fertilizers

Fertilizers can work wonders when it comes to providing nutritional support to boost any plant’s growth. To get the best results with your Pittosporum Marjorie Channon, we recommend that you fertilize your plant once each spring before its new growth.

Use a nitrogenous fertilizer to see the best results. Just make sure you don’t fertilize the plant too much, for that too can be extremely harmful to the plant.

How To Propagate Your Pittosporum Marjorie Channon

These plants are mainly propagated from their seed which is found in the fruit that its flowers grow after blooming.

Another way to propagate your Pittosporum Marjorie Channon is to take a cutting of the plant during springtime and plant it in peat moss and perlite mix. During this time, make sure you keep the soil moist and maintain high levels of humidity for the plant to grow.

Summarizing the key points

The Pittosporum Marjorie Channon is a beautiful evergreen plant that gives off incredible honey-like scents when its flowers bloom. To take care of this plant, make sure you water it fairly regularly, expose it to sufficient heat and sunlight and prune it whenever necessary.

The propagation of this plant is done by either making use of the seeds found inside its fruit or by cutting a piece of this plant and placing it in the proper soil conditions during spring.