The Q&A Archives: Blue Pyramid Cypress Turning Green

Question: Two weeks ago I planted 6 Blue pyramid cypress (Cupressus arizinica 'Blue Pyramid"). For the first week I watered them daily, and this last week I have watered them every other day. I have noticed that 4 of the 6 are starting to turn bright green next to the trunk on the lower branches. I am in zone 8 and current tempatures are in the low 90's during the day and low 60's at night. They each have a mound of soil around them, have been mulched and are recieving about the same amount of water and sunlight. The ground is dry approximately 2 inches down before I water. Is this a sign of too much or to little water? Is this normal transplant response? Any help will be appreciated!

Thank you in advance for your advice.

Nancy Hays

Answer: It sounds as if you are watering correctly for new transplants, assuming the water is penetrating deeply through the entire root zone. I am going to refer you to your County Cooperative Extension office. They may be aware of local conditions that would cause this response. They are at 450 S. Haskell Avene, Willcox, 520-384-3594. Ask for the Horticulture Agent or if they have a Master Gardener hotline.

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