Plant Care Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress

About Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Bald Cypress likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Bald Cypress belongs to the Taxodium genus, and is native to Southern Texas to Guatemala.

Taxonomy

Taxodium distichum
Taxodium
Cupressaceae
Pinales

How to care for Bald Cypress

💦 Water

How often to water your Bald Cypress

Water needs for Bald Cypress
0.5 cups
every 9

Bald 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 Bald Cypress

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Bald Cypress in your home

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

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

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

Bald Cypress does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Bald Cypress

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Bald Cypress →

Common Bald Cypress Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Bald 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.

Bald Cypress Water Frequency →

Bald Cypress Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Bald 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 🏡.

Bald Cypress Light Requirements →

Bald Cypress 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

Bald 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!

Best Soil Mix for Bald Cypress →

When and How to Successfully Repot Bald Cypress →


💩 Fertilizer

Bald 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!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Bald Cypress grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Bald Cypress →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Bald Cypress can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Bald Cypress Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress

Bald 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.

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