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Lemon Cypress as house plant?

Posted by greendale 6B (My Page) on
Wed, Nov 20, 13 at 22:26

I know I should not buy it before I know what it is. The only tag says "smell me" with a Lemon on it. But I could not resist - I was thinking after Chrismas I will plant it outside and the only concern is if the soil is frozen. But to my horror after some research aka google - it is Lemon Cypress - Cupressus Macrocarpa, is it? It is not hardy in my 6B zone. I am willing to try overwinter it, It is repotted into gritty mix now. Anybody keep Lemon Cypress as house plant, any tips are welcome, and wish me luck.

This post was edited by greendale on Wed, Nov 20, 13 at 22:30

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RE: Lemon Cypress as house plant?

Had one for almost three years but last week it just dried up and died on me. I kept it outside in the summer out of direct sun and in the winter it was in a south facing window. I don't know why it died I think I didn't give it enough water. Mine would over winter fairly well inside but the dry air turned the tips a little brown but they would go back to green once the humidity was fixed. It's a fairly easy plant!

RE: Lemon Cypress as house plant?

Will, thanks. So cool temp, more light and do not let it dry. It still looking good so far:)

RE: Lemon Cypress as house plant?


It's amazing how 'ease to grow,' store employees/managers make a plant sound. Temptation. :)

'Smell Me.' lol.

I agree with Will, your Cypress needs a chilly area. Heat browns fronds.
Some firs, 'if Cypress is a fir,' needs humidity too. They dislike dry air.

Your tree is so pretty, Green.
Heck, I'd decorate the tree for Christmas. 'Short period.'

Would you happen to know if Lemon Cypress is hardy to your area? Toni

RE: Lemon Cypress as house plant?


Yes, that was what I planned, decorate it as a Christmas tree and then plant outside. But I do not think it is hardy to 6b, from what I read it only hardy to 8b. I like to just have it as house plant for the winter and then summer outside. Wish me luck.


RE: Lemon Cypress as house plant?

Monterey Cypress (C. macrocarpa) is a warm climate conifer, thriving into the tropical zones. I believe that the limiting factors for Indoor culture will be insufficient light and low humidity, not temperature. Factor in improper watering practices and poor quality potting medium and the chances for failure are pretty high.

There is a Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest ' that has the common name of Lemon Cypress...not for its smell, but for the yellow tinged new growth. That's what this probaby is.

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This post was edited by rhizo_1 on Thu, Nov 21, 13 at 20:21

RE: Lemon Cypress as house plant?

Thanks, rhizo,for the further info. Yes, I do believe it is cupressus macrocarpa 'goldcrest'. I also read about that it smells like lemon when the needle is crushed. Didn't know the common name is from the color though.
The back of the tag actually says plant outdoors and indoors and with some pic shows how to dig a hole and plant the tree. But nowhere shows the hardy info. Anyway, I will do my best to keep it alive and move it outside when it getting warmer. I will pay more attention to the light and water. Thanks

RE: Lemon Cypress as house plant?

Good sure is a handsome plant.

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