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.
Place the Italian cypress seed in a bowl of room-temperature water and allow it to soak for 24 hours.
Remove the seed from the water and place it on a paper towel to drain.
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.
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.
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.
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.