How to Care for Potted Cypress Trees


Cypress, a conifer, is easy to grow in containers. In fact, those cute little Christmas trees that you can pick up at the supermarket during the holidays are sometimes small cypress trees. While cypress trees can grow quite large when planted in the ground, planting cypress in a pot will limit its growth.

Step 1

Grow your potted cypress tree in well draining, sandy/loamy soil. To amend soil, use peat, up to a 50 percent mixture. Place the tree in an area that receives morning sun and light shade in the afternoon.

Step 2

Water your potted cypress tree deeply, and keep the soil moist. A good rule of thumb is to feel the soil. When it is dry to within one inch of the top of the soil, it is time to water. If your potted cypress is growing outdoors, water only in the morning, as an evening watering will cause the roots to get too cold.

Step 3

Prune your potted cypress tree carefully. Different varieties of cypress have different pruning needs. Generally, don't cut into any leafless areas of a branch and trim branches to their point of origin.

Step 4

Generally pest and disease resistant, cypress trees are subject to canker, a disease cause by a fungus. Treatment involves removing any affected twigs and branches.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • Hand pruners


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Who Can Help

  • Washington State University
  • Two Green Thumbs
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Bridget Kelly has been a writer since 2005. With a background in real-estate sales, she blogs professionally and provides articles to national and regional real-estate websites and publications. An apprentice master gardener, Kelly enjoys gardening and writing about gardening topics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.