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.

Taxonomy

Cunninghamia lanceolata
Cunninghamia
Cupressaceae
Pinales

Also known as

Cunninghamia and China-fir

How to care for Chinese fir

Water

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 Phoenix, Arizona.

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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 Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

59% Medium

Growing Chinese fir in Phoenix right now

Light needs for plant Chinese fir in Phoenix, Arizona

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 1st, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Chinese fir in Phoenix, Arizona

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 21.8% ☀️

December 1st, 2021

Phoenix is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Phoenix is expected to decrease by 21.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.2 megajoules of energy per m2 per…

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Light needs for plant Chinese fir in Phoenix, Arizona

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

This month, Phoenix is getting an average of 10.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.8 total hours of dayl…

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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 🚫.

Phoenix, Arizona currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

Nutrients

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 Phoenix, Arizona

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

November 26th, 2021

The growing potential in Phoenix is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any…

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FAQs
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
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Toxicity
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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Chinese fir

Chinese fir


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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