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indoor monterey cypress - pruning advice requested

Posted by ttkidd Toronto ON (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 21, 14 at 12:06

I'm cross posting this in the Houseplant and Bonsai forums to request some expert pruning advice.

Some background: I live in a small condo without any outdoor space. Last fall I purchased a monterey cypress hoping to eventually train/prune it into something resembling a Christmas tree. I don't have space for a large tree, and I also like the idea of using a living plant rather than a piece of plastic or a dead tree.

This is what it looked like after purchase and after I tied it up (it was leaning over when I bought it):


Despite the bone dry indoor winters around here it did pretty well. Very few brown tips and it grew some. Here it is now (sagging a little bit because it's wet):


I have no experience in pruning this type of plant, and I was hoping someone can provide me some advice in helping it to fill out and take on a more conical/triangular shape. Specifically, where, when and how much I should take off.


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RE: indoor monterey cypress - pruning advice requested

the best advice with this is wire the branches down and in a "s" pattern around the tree, gently relaxing the "s" shape of the branches as you get higher, (the branches should be shorter toward the top anyway.)


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RE: indoor monterey cypress - pruning advice requested

I really don't think Cypress plants are indoor but I might be wrong. Ginseng Ficus or and Ficus plant would be more suitable


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