How to Decorate with Lemon Cypress Trees

After Christmas we hosted a small gathering in our home for our daughter, who’s headed to Carnegie Hall in 2012 with a group that she plays violin with. It’s an exciting time for our family!

I’ve already been in the entertaining mode, but since Christmas was passed, I wanted to add an element of freshness and greenery.

I fell in love with the lemon cypress plants at our local grocery store and the price was right to have them inside, decorated, and then be able to plant them outside in larger pots in a few months.

To get ready for about 25 people in our home, I pulled out the white dishes that I’d be using for the spread.

Paper napkins and plates from the Dollar Store.

I added green ribbon to the plants and placed them in a white dish (since I will be planting these in our courtyard, I did not want to buy pots for the plants, an additional expense.)

Placed them around the house.

Used pictures of old-violin-days.

We brought out our daughter’s first violin that she started playing at age 4.

A memorable night, we were grateful for the gift of music, old and new friends, and the effort our daughter put into her concert.

How to care for lemon cypress trees
From what we’ve been told, these pretty little plants need a TON of water. But I took some info from the web on how to take care of them if you want to read up on them before you purchase them. They are so bright and cheery and really fun to decorate with!

Keep your lemon cypress tree near a window where light is plentiful. During colder months, consider using a light box to give it light. Keep the soil moist, especially during the winter. According to, new lemon cypress owners often make the mistake of watering their trees using only tap water. The lemon cypress needs water with properly measured fertilizer for nutrition.

Lemon cypress trees are accustomed to a fair amount of heat. About 68 degrees is best. Caring for a lemon cypress outdoors requires maintaining a frequent watering schedule and ensuring that the tree is properly fed and trimmed. suggests planting lemon cypress in a somewhat acidic mixture of compost. Adding a little clay or sand to already fertile soil will keep your lemon cypress growing year after year.

Are your Christmas decorations down, and how do you plan to refresh things up this month?

11 comments on “How to Decorate with Lemon Cypress Trees”

  1. Congratulations to Abby and all the best in 2012 for your family. What a lovely reason for a dinner party!
    We were blessed to have friends gift us with lots of beautiful house plants [and some great wines ] this holiday season. I just took the decorations down over the last 2 days and gave the house a good cleaning. Our downstairs looks great with everything fresh and beautiful plants accenting throughout. Now to polish, dust and vaccuum the bedrooms and office!

  2. What a great idea for decorating! Congratulations to your daughter – I can only imagine her excitement…and yours!

  3. Congratulations to your daughter!! The picture of her with her violin at such a young age is precious and a wonderful way to decorate her celebration.

    The trees are adorable but unfortunately my house tends to be dark so I will just have to admire from afar.

  4. Congratulations to your daughter! What an honor. I so enjoyed hearing her play on your blog. This is the time of year I love to bring more greenery indoors. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Beautiful! Simple and beautiful, love these little trees. So exciting for Abby and you and Paul as parents! All the best to you in the new year!

  6. Wow…Congrats to your daughter! What an accomplishment!!

    We are on day 10 of the 12 days of Christmas~we celebrate all 12! The decorations are still going strong and nothing will be taken down until Jan 6th~Epiphany!

  7. The fluffy soft looking green adds such a fresh touch after the holidays. I saw several ideas this past week to add to the house after I take our tree down….today! I like to have a clean slate for at least a month after Christmas, but a wee tree may be just the perfect touch. Loved how you honoured your daughter.

  8. Congratulations to your daughter, what an accomplishment! And kudos to you as parents too. That green looks just gorgeous against your white stoneware I love it.

    I’ve been digging up little cypress trees from the forest and potting them, doubt they’re “lemon cypress,” but thanks for the tips!

    Happy New Year!

  9. I love the fact that we are in agreement that small green trees aren’t just for Christmas decorating! I love to decorate with them through the winter.

    Congratulations to your daughter! What an accomplishment to play at Carnegie Hall.

  10. Hi Sandy – Firstly congratulations go out to your daughter – it’s an incredible accomplishment to play at Carnegie Hall, especially so young!!

    Love the cypress tree idea – so fresh for January. I love to put out lemons and limes in the winter months to bring some brightness into the house. And we need it here after 3 days of snow.

  11. Thanks for sharing info about these Lemon Cypress Trees. They are beautiful. Such a vibrant green to have in the house during the winter months. I’m going to keep my eye open for one!

    Also, Sandy… Thanks for referring to things like the Dollar Store, and “when the price is right…”, etc. It’s little comments like those that bring things down to the every-day-person’s level, and make us believe that it’s possible to have beautiful things in our home inexpensively, rather than thinking that beauty is unattainable on a budget! LOVE THAT about your blog! Happy New Year!!! ~Sally

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