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 located in Louisville, Kentucky.

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

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Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Chinese fir in Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

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Growing Chinese fir in Louisville right now

Light needs for plant Chinese fir in Louisville, Kentucky

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 1st, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Louisville is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in d…

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Light needs for plant Chinese fir in Louisville, Kentucky

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 26.6% ☀️

December 1st, 2021

Louisville is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Louisville is expected to decrease by 26.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.3 megajoules of energy per m…

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Light needs for plant Chinese fir in Louisville, Kentucky

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

This month, Louisville is getting an average of 8.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.3 total hours of da…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Louisville, Kentucky ⛅.

Chinese fir does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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.

When to repot Chinese fir

Nutrient needs for plant Chinese fir in Louisville, Kentucky

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 28th, 2021

The growing potential in Louisville is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best …

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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 your location in Louisville, Kentucky, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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