The Dwarf Pandanus pygmaeus is a small shrub with an ornamental foliage that is suited to and can survive in both hot and cold conditions. This plant is ideal for USDA Zones 9-11 and can be grown outdoors background planting and as low-growing groundcover or a small 2-5 ft. shrub. It thrives in full sun, shade, or semi-shade but requires moderate water throughout the growing season. The plant can be used for bonsai and for decorative purposes due to its unique foliage and foliage colors.
Although moderately drought tolerant, During the winter time this plant can survive temperatures as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit (F) for a short while when matured. Additionally, this plant is also salt tolerant and can withstand summer heat with relative ease.
For potting, use a fertile, well-draining soil. An important tip is not to overpot this plant, as too much soil can lead it to suffocate instead of thrive. Once grown to a desirable size, repot your plant only when it is too big for its original pot. It is important to utilize the right potting mix for your potted Dwarf Pandanus to make sure the plant does not dry out too quickly.
When overwintering this plant outside in cold regions, protect it from excessive heat or cold. Choose an area with bright light but not direct sunlight. Move the pot inside to a sheltered area until the last winter frost has passed. You will also want to ensure that your Dwarf Pandanus is appropriately watered. Keep the soil barely moist, never saturated. During winter, when the weather is cooler, water less often as the plant is dormant. When the temperature drops below 40F, it is advised to move the pot indoors, away from freezing temperatures.
Overall, the Dwarf Pandanus is an easy to care for, versatile, and attractive ornamental plant that can provide visual interest in any environment and can can be enjoyed for many years.