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False cypresses are very popular because of their rapid growth. But in order for the tree to grow well, it needs plenty of additional nutrients, at least initially. Ensure a humus-rich location when planting. In addition, you must fertilize the false cypress regularly.

Young false cypresses should be fertilized with some compost or chopped leaves, for example

Provide nutrients when planting

Before you plant false cypresses, you should ensure that they have sufficient nutrients. Prepare the ground well:

  • Keep enough distance to other plants
  • Loosen the soil well
  • Lime acidic soils
  • Create drainage in dense soils
  • Mix in the tires with compost and/or horn shavings (32.93€).

So prepared soil creates the best conditions for rapid growth of the cypress.

Fertilize young cypresses regularly

In the first few years after planting the young cypresses, you should fertilize them regularly.

To do this, carefully work either mature compost, chopped leaves, horn shavings or commercially available cypress fertilizer into the soil according to the instructions. Under no circumstances should you dig up the soil too deeply. The false cypress is a flat-rooted plant. Deep tillage would injure the roots.

Depending on the location and soil conditions, fertilizer can be given every four to eight weeks.

Older cypresses are self-sufficient

As soon as the cypress has grown well, you usually no longer need to fertilize and only water when it is very dry.

The conifer forms a dense root system through which it can provide itself with nutrients.

Ensure the nutrient supply by mulching

The best way to provide an older cypress with sufficient nutrients is to create a mulch layer. False cypresses should be mulched at least in spring and autumn.

Spread leaves, lawn clippings (without flowers!), straw or chopped up cypress cuttings on the ground.

Due to the slow decomposition of the components, the mulch layer constantly supplies the roots with new nutrients. It also prevents the soil from drying out. Maintaining a cypress hedge is made easier because the mulch layer keeps weeds small.


Low varieties of the false cypress can also be cultivated very well in the tub. However, you then have to water more frequently, fertilize regularly and provide suitable winter protection in winter.

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