Plant Care Cupressus macrocarpa

Cupressus macrocarpa

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About Cupressus macrocarpa

Monterey Cypress is a long-lived needled evergreen tree with fragrant leaves.


Hesperocyparis macrocarpa

Also known as

Cupressus macrocarpa, Monterey cypress, "macrocarpa", Cupressus macrocarpa and Lemon Cypress

How to care for Cupressus macrocarpa


How often to water your Cupressus macrocarpa

Water needs for Cupressus macrocarpa
0.5 cups
every 9

Cupressus macrocarpa 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 Cupressus macrocarpa

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 Cupressus macrocarpa in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cupressus macrocarpa: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cupressus macrocarpa love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Cupressus macrocarpa does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Cupressus macrocarpa

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Cupressus macrocarpa

Cupressus macrocarpa

Cupressus macrocarpa

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.

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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