Why Does an Indoor Podocarpus Droop

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I just purchased a podocarpus two weeks ago and since bringing it home the top leafs have been “wilting/dropping” (see photo attached).
At first I thought maybe I under watered it so I watered it a bit more a few days latter but now I’m wondering if I over watered it? The soil doesn’t feel too wet and its sitting on pots inside a larger pot to elevate it so it shouldn’t be sitting in any water.
I did also treat the plant a couple days ago for wax scaleSoft Brown Scale plant pests are  the most common scale that attack indoor houseplants, especially ficus tress, various ivy varieties, spider plants, ferns, aralia, and schefflera. The scale plant pests appear as small, bumpy, brown spots that may appear to move. As the scale plant pest sucks on the sap of the plant, it secretes a sticky substance called "honeydew." The honeydew attracts black mildew. Because of the shell-like exterior, sprays are only partially effective against scale. Wipe off the lines of brown oval bumps with your finger, a cloth, or a child’s toothbrush then spray the plant with Neem Oil or a houseplant insecticide. You can use the non-toxic, easily made Green Solution to clean off the black mildew. with some Neem OilLearn about Neem Oil, a natural, organic, non-toxic product for treating houseplant insects and diseases.. Maybe the wax scaleSoft Brown Scale plant pests are  the most common scale that attack indoor houseplants, especially ficus tress, various ivy varieties, spider plants, ferns, aralia, and schefflera. The scale plant pests appear as small, bumpy, brown spots that may appear to move. As the scale plant pest sucks on the sap of the plant, it secretes a sticky substance called "honeydew." The honeydew attracts black mildew. Because of the shell-like exterior, sprays are only partially effective against scale. Wipe off the lines of brown oval bumps with your finger, a cloth, or a child’s toothbrush then spray the plant with Neem Oil or a houseplant insecticide. You can use the non-toxic, easily made Green Solution to clean off the black mildew.s are the culprit? There wasn’t too many of them and I assume they came with the plant. The plant looked healthy in the shop…I’m at a loss. Any advice would help. I’m just not sure if I should be worried.

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The first thing that could be causing the problem is that this plant droops when the temperature is too warm. It prefers cool temperatures between 50°-75°F (10°-23.9°C). If the top of the plant is very close to the ceiling (where the heat in a home congregates) moving the plant to a cooler area is one solution. You can also reduce the height of the plant by getting it off of the pots it is sitting on. Just set the plant in a deep plastic saucer and water until the water start to come out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot.

A podocarpus requires very bright lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. Keep the soil moist but not soggy; allow the top two inches to dry out before watering. When you do water, water well enough so that the excess water comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot. This insures that the roots are getting enough water.

Why does an Indoor Podocarpus Droop

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