How to Care for Potted Cypress Trees

Whether you received a potted cypress tabletop Christmas tree or are adding a Hinoki cypress to your container garden, routine care will help the plant thrive. Move the plant to a larger container as it grows, feed it with the appropriate fertilizer and prune regularly. Give your cypress tree a water shower now and again to keep its branches bright and attractive.

Step 1

Remove wrapping, lights, price tags, stickers and any other non-organic materials from the cypress tree and its container, and place the plant in a cool, light location, such as an enclosed patio or porch.

Step 2

Water the potted cypress tree when the top 1 inch of soil is dry to the touch. Add water until it begins to drip from the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot.

Step 3

Transplant the cypress tree into a larger pot in early spring with a decorative container that is at least 2 inches larger than the current pot. Fill the bottom 2 inches with pebbles to facilitate drainage. Potting soil blended with slow-release, 10-8-6 fertilizer, mixed according to the measurements on the manufacturer's label, is a good choice.

Step 4

Prune cypress trees 1 to 3 inches off the tips of each branch with sharp garden pruners in the spring to encourage new growth.

Step 5

Wash the tree with a spray nozzle attached to a garden hose, setting the nozzle to a strong spray, and rinse all the branches. Spray the tree in the early morning so that it has sufficient time to dry before nightfall, or before moving it back indoors.