Podocarpus are easy to grow from seed providing those which are dioicious (i.e. where you need separate male and female plants) have a ‘mate’. Seed should be sown in February.
Podocarpus are also (in the main) very easy from cuttings. These should be taken in August or September when the new growth has matured but not fully hardened off. Rooting is quick and it can take as little as 4 months before you have rooted cuttings to pot on.
This is much quicker than for most evergreens (eg. camellias) which take 6-8 months to callous and root properly.
Apart from the risk of cold winters to some of the Chilean and South African species Podocarpus are as risk free as almost any genus. This again may be due to the resilience and hardiness which results from their nodular root systems.
Like all conifer Podocarpus are very susceptible to spray drift but that’s about it.
Even the Cornish rabbits don’t seem to want to chew them but that may alter with time.