Caring for your Topiary Plants - Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest'

Thank you for purchasing a plant from TopiaryShop.co.uk
Your plant has been carefully grown in the Northern region of Italy, an area famous for it’s warm climate, fertile soils and of course, growers of Topiary. It has then been hand selected from stock, and transported to the U.K, where, for at least a year, it has been further clipped, fed and watered.

Below you will find a description of your purchase, together with a care guide.
We hope your plant will give you many years’ pleasure.

Upon delivery please remove any packaging from the plant. Water thoroughly, preferably by standing the plant in a bucket of water for 10 minutes or so, as the plant may have been in transit for several days.
If we haven’t carried out an installation for you, it is recommended that the plant be repotted into a larger more permanent container as soon as convenient. We recommend John Innes No 3 Potting compost.

Description
Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’: Conifer with beautiful yellow foliage, emitting a lemon scent when crushed or cut. Evergreen and fast growing. Happy in full sun or part shade. Tolerant of most soils & climates and is suitable to be planted directly into the garden provided sufficient water is available, and soils are good. Ideal for coastal positions.

General Care
Trim new growth with sharp shears regularly to maintain shape of plant. Once monthly is normally sufficient. It is important the growth is kept under control and the plant is not allowed to grow out of shape. If this does happen, trim little & regularly to restore.
Remove any unwanted growth on clear stems using secateurs.
Try not to allow snow to settle on the plant in the winter. The added weight on the plant may cause misshaping. Don’t trim when frost is due. Brush out brown & dead foliage with your hand or shake the plant. This will encourage new growth to appear.
Check for aphids in the growing season (they leave a black sooty substance on the plant) and spray at the first sign of infestation. Aphids can cause rapid damage to Cupressus, & the plant can take several seasons to recover.

Watering
Water regularly; - always try to keep growing medium moist, especially in the growing season, and during the winter months. It is essential that the growing medium is not allowed to dry out. If this happens, the plant will die and will not recover. As a guide, during the growing season, a full can of water every other day or third day will suffice, and during the dormant season, October – March water twice weekly. Just remember that it is hard to over water, so more is better than less!

Fertilising
Remember that all living plants need food, and there isn’t much for the plant in tap water.
Fertilise monthly with a proprietary slow release or liquid fertiliser during the growing season. Follow manufacturers application rates. The best way to apply fertilizer though, is to dilute some into the water, each time you water.