Plant Care Chinese Fir

Chinese Fir

About Chinese Fir

This plant prefers acidic clay loam soils. It needs protection from the wind. It has good green color during the growing season with groups of small squarish cones. It tends to "brown out" inside as it matures as it gets older.


Cunninghamia lanceolata

Also known as

Cunninghamia and China-fir

How to care for Chinese Fir


How often to water your Chinese Fir

Water needs for Chinese Fir
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Fir 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Chinese Fir in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Fir: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese Fir love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Chinese Fir does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese Fir in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Chinese Fir

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese Fir: 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 Chinese Fir after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Chinese Fir is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Chinese Fir

Chinese Fir

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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