Plant Care False Cypress

False Cypress

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About False Cypress

Atlantic White Cedar is a native evergreen tree in the cypress family. It is found in swampy areas and streambanks in the peaty-soils of eastern U.S.A from NJ to FL. The leaves are evergreen and scale-like with the branches growing in a fan-like shape.

Taxonomy

Chamaecyparis thyoides
Chamaecyparis
Cupressaceae
Pinales

Also known as

Atlantic White Cedar, Atlantic White Cedar, Atlantic white cedar, Atlantic white cypress, southern white cedar, whitecedar, false-cypress and false cypress

How to care for False Cypress

💦 Water

How often to water your False Cypress

Water needs for False Cypress
0.5 cups
every 9

False 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 False Cypress

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Atlantic White Cedar in your home

Light needs and placement for plant False Cypress: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

False Cypress love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

False Cypress does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize False Cypress

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Atlantic White Cedar →

Common Atlantic White Cedar Problems →


💦 Water Needs

False Cypress prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Atlantic White Cedar Water Frequency →

Atlantic White Cedar Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

False Cypress requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Atlantic White Cedar Light Requirements →

Atlantic White Cedar Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

False Cypress does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Atlantic White Cedar →


💩 Fertilizer

False Cypress grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Atlantic White Cedar →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

False Cypress grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Atlantic White Cedar →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
False Cypress can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Atlantic White Cedar Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for False Cypress

False Cypress

False Cypress


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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01/15/2022

Never had his plant before, bought three on reduced after Christmas, starting to grow better now :))

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