How to Germinate Cypress Trees


The cypress tree is a long-lived conifer, native to Asia. The wood of the tree is very hard, and is harvested generally for lumber, landscape mulch and siding on homes. The Leyland cypress tree is the most popular among home gardeners due to its rapid rate of growth, and is most commonly used as privacy screens between homes and as a windbreak.

Step 1

Place moist peat moss in the plastic bag. Make sure that the peat moss is moist and not soaking. Place the seeds on top of the peat moss and cover with another layer of moist peat moss.

Step 2

Seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator for at least 10 weeks. Check the moisture level of the peat moss periodically and add drops of water if it is too dry.

Step 3

Pour the seedling mix into the planting tray and water it well, allowing the excess water to drain from the bottom of the tray.

Step 4

Plant the seeds 1/2 inch into the soil and cover lightly with soil.

Step 5

Place the tray in an area that receives bright light, but not direct sunlight. The amount of water the seedlings receive is very important. Too much and too will kill the seed. Maintain a moist, not soggy soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Pan
  • Cypress seeds
  • Water
  • Peat moss
  • Plastic zipper-top bag
  • Planting tray
  • Seeding mix


  • University of Florida

Who Can Help

  • Floridata
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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. 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.