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Can I save my lemon cypress

sabeehasabeeha Posts: 341

I recently moved a cypress - it was in a pot, and we had to cut the roots off at the bottom to move it.  As I was concerned at the colour going slightly at the tips, we planted it into the ground.


I am watering every other day, but the tips are going lighter.  I am worried it will die.

Can I prune/clip it all over, will this help increase its chances of surviving? Its around 1.5m

Thank you


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,811
    Are these old shoots going pale or new shoots that are pale?  If the latter, it is just new growth and will gradually turn the same colour as the rest.   

    When you planted it out did you first soak the pot thoroughly to wet the roots and compost?  If not, the root ball may be full of dry spots that can't take up water so give it a very good soaking - at least 10 litres at a time - and let it soak in then mulch it to help prevent moisture evaporation.

    You will then need to keep it moist, but not drowning, throughout the whole of the summer and until the autumn rains start in earnest.

    On the other hand, if you did soak it well, just keep watering it regularly, especially in hot or dry spells.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • sabeehasabeeha Posts: 341
    Hi, thank you for your reply!

    Its not the old stuff but the ends which are going lighter - they started going lighter when the root system was cut off, so I thought it was dying.

    Oh, I didn't do that :( thankfully it has pelted down with rain for two days now... I have used mulch..

    I will definitely take your advice and keep it watered well.

    I love the colour and its size, so I would be very upset to kill it :(

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