Cypress trees once covered North America, but now most varieties are extinct. They most often grow along the shores of rivers and ponds, thriving in soggy, wet soil. Growing the cypress successfully depends on a number of factors, one of which includes choosing the correct planting site. Knowing how to create the right environment for this unique plant will help you keep it healthy and thriving.
Choose a site to plant the cypress with full or partial sun. Cypress grows best in moderately well-drained sandy loam soils, but cannot compete with other plants. Therefore, it usually grows best in wet clays and mucks.
Plant the seedling in March right after the danger of frost passes. The soil should be moist and can even be mildly flooded as long as it will not cover the seedling completely. Dig a hole with a trowel twice the width of the root spread and at a depth the same height as the roots from root collar to tip. Hold the seedling upright and fill the soil around the roots, tamping down for support. Space multiple seedlings 8 to 10 feet apart.
Keep the young seedling consistently moist, even wet during the growing season. If you plant the cypress in the correct spot, you will not need to water very often or at all.
Control all weeds around the cypress tree. Any plants that encroach on the cypress' space will possibly smother and kill it, especially in its youth.