Herb: Himalayan Cypress
Latin name: Cupressus torulosa
Family: Cupressaceae (Cypress Family)
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Himalayan Cypress:Drier areas, especially on limestone, often in pure stands, from Himachel Pradesh to central Nepal at elevations of 1800 - 3300 metres.
Other uses of the herb:The plant is burnt as an incense. The leaves are used. Wood - moderately hard, very durable. Used for general construction.
Propagation of Himalayan Cypress:Seed - sow late winter in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. Three weeks cold stratification can improve germination rates. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 20°C. The seedlings are very subject to damping off so should be watered with care and kept well-ventilated. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. The seed can store for several years. Cuttings of almost ripe wood, September in a frost-proof frame. April/May is the best time to take cuttings.
Cultivation of the herb:Drier areas, especially on limestone, often in pure stands, from Himachel Pradesh to central Nepal at elevations of 1800 - 3300 metres.
Medicinal use of Himalayan Cypress:None known
Known hazards of Cupressus torulosa:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.