Cypresses - tips for care

Whether as a hedge or solitary plant: whoever grows cypresses in the garden generally always enjoys them. Unless you don't care for them properly.

The cypress comes from the Mediterranean region and is at home in Greece, Cyprus and Italy, among others. But she also feels at home in our gardens and grows with her peers. What is special about the cypress is its straight, narrow growth, which makes it particularly attractive. But it can also break out, which is why you have to pull out the secateurs from time to time.

But this is not the only maintenance measure. Cypresses also need some water and fertilizer to thrive. And even in winter you have to do a lot so that the plants can survive the cold season. So cypresses already need a certain amount of care. However, this does not mean that you absolutely have to have a green thumb, because the care measures are limited. Accordingly, the cypress is also something for beginners who want to get a touch of Tuscany in the garden.

This is how your cypresses thrive

To cut:

Cypresses grow very quickly and can reach enormous heights. If that's what you want, you don't have to cut them. However, if you keep the cypress as a hedge plant, an annual pruning in March or August is recommended. Not only do you curb growth, you also strengthen the plant at the same time.


Like all plants, the cypresses need a little bit of nutrients to thrive. It is best to fertilize them with compost in spring or autumn. Horn chips are also recommended.

Cypresses that you planted in buckets need a little more fertilizer. From April to September, give these plants some conventional liquid fertilizer every four weeks via the irrigation water.

To water:

For the cypress, lack of water is one of the greatest enemies. And that applies to both summer and winter. So if it hasn't been raining for a long time, you have to reach for the watering can and water the cypresses with rainwater. This also applies to frost-free winter days. On hot summer days, it is even advisable to water several times a day.

A little hint:

So that there is no waterlogging in the bucket, you must create a drainage layer. This should best consist of pebbles, potsherds or lava split.


Cypresses are hardy only to about -15 degrees. That is why you need to protect both the outdoor cypresses and the cypresses planted in tubs in winter. Outdoor cypresses protect you e.g. best if you put jute sacks over them. If you keep the cypresses in a pot, you can bring the plants indoors in winter. They feel most comfortable in a bright room at temperatures between 4 and 8 degrees. You can also wrap the tubs in late autumn with fleece and a bubble wrap. The best way to protect the plant itself is with a burlap sack.