Ask a Question forum: Taking care of a chamaecyparis lawsoniana?

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CharN
Dec 29, 2017 11:08 PM CST
I received a chamaecyparis lawsoniana as a Christmas gift this year, I absolutely love it, BUT I have no clue how to take care of it properly (I'm known to have a black thumb when taking care of plants)
I live in Las Vegas and I can't plant it in the ground because i'm at a rental house.
Here's my list of questions:
What type of soil should I use?
What type of fertilizer should I use?
Are soil and fertilizer the same thing?
Can I put it outside in the pot?
What's the Max amount of times that you can transplant it?
At what height would it be best to put it in a bigger pot? (Since it's still in the little plastic one it was bought in)
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Dec 30, 2017 12:29 AM CST
Welcome!

Lawson's Cypress do well in pots and take well to pruning (to keep it small enough to live in a pot). They prefer moist well draining soil that's slighly acidic (like azalea potting soil). At this point, the pot only needs to be about 1 gallon size. You will probably have to transplant every other year - that is about how long it will take for the roots to outgrow the pot. Don't worry about fertilizer - its highly over-rated.

Your biggest problem is that these trees are native to far Northern California and Oregon - they can't take the heat.
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