How to Root the Cuttings of an Italian Cypress

The Italian cypress, the tall, narrow, column-like conifer, grows predominately in southern and western America, as well as parts of Europe. It's instantly recognisable for its unique shape and scaly leaves. The Italian cypress is drought resistant and can survive on very little water after it has developed its root structure. It can reach heights of up to 40 feet.

Fill a small pot with perlite, a porous natural glass used for planting that can be found in most gardening stores. Perlite and similar planting substances allow for good drainage, which is helpful in rooting evergreens like the Italian cypress. This good drainage also facilitates plant health by helping to prevent root rot.

Plant a 6-inch top cutting in the pot with the perlite, making sure that the cutting is secure and standing straight. Place the pot in a lightly shaded area and water regularly. Keep the drainage hole in the pot open.

Transfer the plant to an area with more direct sunlight to encourage quicker growth when the root structure appears and is sufficiently supporting the cutting. It could take up to two months for the Italian cypress cutting to develop roots, so be patient. Continue to water the cutting regularly.

Use the shovel to dig a proper-size hole in the ground where you wish to plant the Italian cypress when the cutting begins to outgrow the pot. Gently pulling from the base of the plant, lift it from the perlite and place it into the soil. Fill in the hole so that the root ball is at ground level. Apply a few inches of mulch and reduce watering to once a month. Your Italian cypress should flourish.

Things You'll Need

  • Italian cypress shoots
  • Perlite
  • Flower pot
  • Shovel
  • Mulch
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