Plant Care Bastard Cedar

Bastard Cedar

About Bastard Cedar

This conifer sports interesting exfoliating gray-brown bark and showy male and female cones. Its form is broadly conical with spreading branches. The male cones are yellow, the female cones are cylindrical and they ripen in late summer at lower elevations and a month later at higher elevations. It prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil.


Calocedrus decurrens

Also known as

California incense-cedar and Incense cedar

How to care for Bastard Cedar


How often to water your Bastard Cedar

Water needs for Bastard Cedar
0.5 cups
every 9

Bastard Cedar needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Bastard Cedar

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Bastard Cedar in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bastard Cedar: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bastard Cedar love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Bastard Cedar does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Bastard Cedar

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bastard Cedar: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bastard Cedar after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Bastard Cedar is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Bastard Cedar

Bastard Cedar

Bastard Cedar

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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