Plants

Cypress

Irrigation

Irrigation must be adjusted according to the trend of rainfall and the age of the tree. The cypress needs constant watering if a long period of drought occurs, so as to keep the soil always slightly wet; the soil must never remain completely dry for too long. On the contrary, if the rains are abundant, it will not be necessary to administer further water, also because otherwise you could encounter annoying water stagnation, which cause rottenness to the roots. Furthermore, younger trees have a much greater need for water resources than adult trees, as the latter are more able to tap into the soil’s moisture reserves. Drip irrigation is suggested as a method.

Growing tips


This tree easily adapts to any soil, as long as it is well drained; it is convenient to mix with the peat soil and a little sand or pumice stone. The multiplication by sowing is not ideal, considering the slowness of the process: in general, the seedlings inserted in special pots are purchased in the nurseries, and the plant must be carried out in a hole twice the size of the container. It is recommended to support, for the first years, the growth of the tree through the use of a stake, and to carry out an initial mulching operation to make the soil more fertile and improve drainage. Pruning should be done in spring with sharp and clean shears to eliminate protruding branches, or whenever symptoms of a fungal disease occur, to prevent it from spreading.

Fertilization


Fertilization must be done twice a year, at the beginning of spring and at the end of summer; it is advisable to use natural fertilizers such as manure, distributing them all around the tree, or alternatively slow release products based on potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen. These three macro-elements are fundamental for a correct development of the plant, and their deficiency can cause a general weakening and a much slower growth than normal. Potassium, in fact, intervenes in the synthesis of proteins and promotes the absorption of water, phosphorus supports the processes of metabolism and the strengthening of the roots, nitrogen stimulates the growth of tissues and vegetative parts. Of course,

Cypress: Exposure, pests, diseases


For the cypress we recommend a sunny exposure, sheltered from bad weather; the tree can withstand the winter cold, but too intense winds could cause serious damage. Another problem is represented by aphids, parasites that tend to pierce the leaves and branches causing them to dry out: as remedies we suggest nettle macerate, cinnamon, or the introduction into the environment of ladybugs, whose larvae feed of these annoying insects. Among the fungal diseases, rameal cancer should be noted, which manifests itself with a dark resin and determines the deterioration of the branches and, sometimes, also of the stem, on which cracks are formed; it is essential to immediately eliminate the affected parts and disinfect the cuts, or subject the

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