How to Grow an Italian Cypress From Seeds


Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) are towering, conical-shaped evergreen trees used frequently as foundation plantings in the residential landscape. They are easy to grow, tolerate a range of soil types and, once established are drought-tolerant. Growing quickly to a height of 30 feet with a 4-foot spread, the Italian cypress is hardy to USDA zones 7 to 11.

Step 1

Place the Italian cypress seed in a bowl of room-temperature water and allow it to soak for 24 hours.

Step 2

Remove the seed from the water and place it on a paper towel to drain.

Step 3

Moisten a handful of peat moss and push the seed into it. Place the bundle in a plastic bag and place the bag in the refrigerator where it should remain for 30 days.

Step 4

Fill the planting pot with a pre-moistened mixture of equal parts of sand and peat moss. Remove the Italian cypress seed from the refrigerator and lay it on the surface of the soil. Barely cover it with additional moist soil.

Step 5

Place the planting pot in a well-ventilated area that remains at least 68 degrees F. and keep the soil moist until the seed germinates, which should occur from within one to three months.

Step 6

Allow the Italian cypress seedling to remain indoors in a bright area over the first winter, but out of direct sun. Keep the soil moist. Plant it outdoors in late spring or early summer.

Things You'll Need

  • Small bowl
  • Paper towel
  • Peat moss
  • Plastic bag
  • Planting pot
  • Sand


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Keywords: Italian cypress seeds, Italian cypress propagation, grow Italian cypress

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Victoria Hunter, a former broadcaster and real estate agent, has provided audio and written services to both small businesses and large corporations, worldwide. Hunter is a freelance writer specializing in the real estate industry. She devotes her spare time to her other passions: gardening and cooking. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.