Plant Care Monterey cypress

Monterey cypress

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Also known as

lemon cypress, Lemon cypress tree and Conifer Goldcrest


Cupressus macrocarpa

How to care for Monterey cypress


How often to water your Monterey cypress

Water needs for Monterey cypress
0.5 cups
every 9

Monterey cypress 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 Monterey cypress

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Monterey cypress in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Monterey cypress: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Monterey cypress may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Monterey cypress

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

Care Summary for Monterey cypress

Monterey cypress

Monterey cypress

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

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globe Jaraíz de la Vera, Extremadura

Forgot to water it for weeks ( results of it in my picture of it), got all the dry leaves out and saw some green ones, so I watered him as I should (thanks Greg) and it’s still alive! I hope I can keep it that way

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