They appear to be doing about what Podocarpus usually does. If your
yard is not subject to terrible winds, you might consider unstaking
the trees. Trunks develop strength when stressed by moderate winds.
Trees left staked too long often have very spindly trunks.
Ryan & Carol Spicer wrote:
>> I have some Yew Pines (Podocarpus Macrophyllus) that I planted a couple
> of years ago as a screen in our back yard. They were around four or
> five feet high when I planted them, they are now anywhere from seven to
> ten feet high. They have good green growth however they are kind of
> thin and not filling out like I expected. Also the limbs on some of
> them hang almost straight down like they're weak or something.
>> I haven't put a lot of effort into this (not much of a gardener I'm
> afraid). I water them once a week and Miracle Grow about once a month.
> Any suggestions on what I might add to help these guys out? The soil is
> mostly clay by the way. When I planted them I used some potting soil
> that was around the house. (I know, I know - I need some serious
> education in this area!)
>> Thank you,