Care tips for hinoki cypress

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Care tips for hinoki cypress

Post  sanaomie on Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:20 pm



Hello! I'm very new and have some questions about my first tree, a hinoki cypress. (I learned too late that hinokis aren't good for beginners.)

1) Is watering daily okay? Related, what's a good way to measure soil dampness (inserting chopstick, etc.)?

2) Is Biogold fertilizer okay to use every few weeks? (I'm in San Francisco if that matters.)

3) The tree is currently outside in a sunny spot. Is there anything else I can do to make sure it's healthy and happy?

Again, I'm very much a novice but eager to learn Very Happy
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Re: Care tips for hinoki cypress

Post  Kevin S - Wisco Bonsai on Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:41 am

Yes... a difficult beginner tree, but should not be considered discouragingly so Wink

I tend to trust the general guidleines from Bonsai Tool Chest:

http://www.bonsaitoolchest.com/v/vspfiles/caresheets/hinoki-cypress.pdf

And then adapt that to your personal growing situation.

in direct response to your questions:

1) Yes, stick a small bamboo chopstick into the soil and pull it out daily to monitor moisture. Watering will depend on the trees consumption and the environment it is in. Again, check daily until you get to know the tree on a first name basis and recognize its needs.

2) Biogold is good, but so are many others that may be less expensive (like Dr. Earths Life or for this tree: Dr. Earths Acid Lovers)... just follow package directions for spring through fall fertilization (no real need in winter)

3) Yes - pull that clover LOL Razz

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