How to grow monterey cypress conifer trees from seeds
Cupressus macrocarpa Goldcrest is more commonly known as Monterey cypress Goldcrest. These beautiful evergreen conifer trees are golden yellow in colour and produce a pleasant lemon scent.
Preparation of the seeds
Soak the seeds for 24 hours in warm water.
Stratification of seeds
After soaking the seeds, place them in a plastic tray with some moist wood shavings, as shown in the photograph below.
Place the tray in the fridge at a temperature of 2 to 6 °C for one month. The seeds should germinate in the fridge. They can take two months to germinate.
When each seed germinates and you can see a shoot appear, place it in a pot of compost. Place the pot in an unheated greenhouse. The seedling will take about one year to develop into a young tree.
Young Monterey cypress Goldcrest trees at various stages of development are shown in the photograph below. Plant them in containers like the ones in the photograph or plant them in the garden.
Place the young trees in a sunny position when they are about a year old. Make sure the soil is well drained.
The trees can reach a height of 3 to 5 metres in 10 years. They can grow to 10 metres in 20 years. They can reach over 12 metres in height.
You can control the height and spread of this tree by pruning it in late spring.