Cypress Cupressus - Home Care

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Cypress Cupressus - Home Care
Cypress Cupressus - Home Care
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homemade cypress
homemade cypress

Cypress family. Homeland of the Mediterranean, America.

The commercially available large-fruited Cypress Cupressus macrocarpa is small in size and bred specifically as an indoor crop. Cypress is a coniferous crop, it is an evergreen tree with a pyramidal crown. The leaves are small, needle-shaped or scaly, sessile, tightly attached to the stems. Cypress tissue contains a lot of essential oils, so the plant is very useful for the home.

Its cultivation and care methods are the same as for araucaria. In shops, especially on New Year's Eve, you can find cypresses of a wide variety of shapes - trimmed in the form of a pyramid, a bush, a small tree. Cypress really resembles a miniature live Christmas tree and can be a wonderful New Year's gift. True, there are cypresses, which are treated with special sparkles in the store so that they look more like a Christmas tree. In reality, this is harmful to the plant, so it is better to purchase cypress in its natural form, without decorating with sparkles and toys.

If you want to decorate the cypress tree under the New Year tree, then you can hang it with colorful rain or paper toys, which are almost weightless and will not harm the plant. In general, cypress is an unpretentious plant, the difficulty lies in the fact that it does not tolerate dry air.

Cypress tree care at home

Temperature: moderate in summer - cypress does not tolerate heat, cool in winter - at least + 5 ยฐ ะก, optimal wintering at 8-10 ยฐ ะก. From the end of May to the end of August, it is better to keep the cypress in the fresh air, shaded and protected from drafts. Hot air from radiators is fatal for cypress.

Lighting: Cypress needs bright, diffused light, shading from direct sunlight, especially in summer. In winter, cypress needs a bright room. If in summer it is unacceptable to keep cypress on an open (not shaded) windowsill (except for windows with a north orientation) because of the heat, then in winter you will have to rearrange the cypress as close to the light as possible, even to the south window, but only until the hot early spring sun. With a lack of light, the cypress stretches and loses its shape, on the contrary, with an excess of light, the leaves turn yellow and crumble.

Watering: Abundant from spring to autumn - but exclusively on well-drained soil! Cypress does not tolerate excess water and does not tolerate drying out of the earth. More precisely, overdrying an earthen coma is simply destructive for the ephedra. Watering in winter depends on the temperature in the room, for example, when kept at a temperature of + 8 ยฐ C, watering will be approximately once every 14-20 days, and at a temperature of 12-14 ยฐ C, once every 7-10 days (everything is purely indicative, it would be more correct to check the soil by touch or estimate the weight of the pot)

homemade cypress
homemade cypress

Top dressing with fertilizers: from May to August, a month after transplanting, cypress is fed with a complex fertilizer for conifers (for example, Bona Forte for conifers) in the recommended dose or for decorative deciduous indoor plants, but in half of the recommended dose. Top dressing is carried out once a month.

Air humidity: regular spraying in spring and summer. If in winter it is not possible to provide the cypress with a cool room, then it should also be sprayed with warm water in the morning and evening.

Transfer: annually in spring, in April - May. Cypress does not tolerate trauma to the root system very badly, therefore, a complete transplant with replacement of the earth is exclusively necessary, usually transshipment is used, with partial replacement of the top layer of the earth. Simply put, they replace only the soil that easily separates from the roots by itself, if the ephedra is removed from the pot. The soil for cypress is 1 part of sod land, 2 parts of leaf (or peat), 1 part of coarse sand (fine gravel). Cypress loves loose soil, when transplanting, make sure that the root collar is not buried in the ground, otherwise the plant may die. Good drainage to the bottom of the pot is a must.

Reproduction: woody cuttings in spring and summer. Seed in spring.

Cutting cypress

  1. Find a twig of last year's growth on a cypress tree - a two-year-old, still green, but already starting to woody shoot. Cut about 10-12 cm from the crown. Remove the needles from the bottom of it, leaving about 4 cm of a smooth stem.
  2. Prepare about a cup (125 g) of a mixture of peat earth and sand in equal parts (sand can be replaced with vermiculite). Disinfect it for 2 minutes in the microwave, cool and slightly moisten it with boiled water.
  3. Pour soil into a transparent zip bag (with a plastic zipper). Take a wide package, and at the bottom, glue it with tape from two corners so that you get a cone. Place the stalk in it, drip from a spray bottle (boiled water only), and close tightly.
  4. Hang the bag in a very bright place where direct sun only hits in the morning or evening. Do not open the bag, there is no need to ventilate or water - the humidity will remain 95-97%. It is worth waiting for the roots for 2-3 months. When they grow about 5-7 cm, you can plant a twig in a pot with a diameter of 8 cm.

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