I’m back with another popular plant at Christmas time, the European Cypress. They are selling them everywhere I look. I grabbed a couple with the thought of planting them outside in the spring. In the meantime I’m using one as a Christmas centerpiece in our breakfast area. It has a nice faint smell. Our large Christmas tree is fake, so having these around gives it a little more of a traditional Christmas feel.
For now I’ve left it in the tin container that it came in because it’s red and Christmas-y. After Christmas I’ll put it in a planter with good drainage and add peat moss to the potting soil, since they like good drainage. They aren’t known for surviving the indoors during the winter. I’ll post an update later on whether it makes it or not.
To decorate I used a bowl to place it in, and started playing around with ornaments until I came up with a look that I liked. I must have changed the look half a dozen times.
I’ll keep the European Cypress watered well until I plant it outdoors. They are plant zone 6-9. Since we are zone 6b I’ll have to wait until spring to plant it outdoors. They grow to 15 feet tall, and only 5 feet wide. I have just the perfect areas that I want privacy. It prefers an acidic soil, so I’ll fertilize in the spring and fall with my Holly-Tone fertilizer.
Do you like having ‘real’ plants as part of your Christmas decor?