Is it normal for a drying lemon cypress tree to still smells lemon?

Fany Octavia
by Fany Octavia
Hi! it's been 3 months that i bought a small lemon cypress tree. After a week, i think it got a transplant shock because i repotting it to a new pot without a good drainage hole, and some stems turned brownish. I think it's going to die because after a month the brown spot was spreading. I leave it outdoor so it will get some sunshine, but it was a late winter season so it was cold. The foliage turned brittle and dry because of the cold condition. For about a month, i had to go to another country and no one could help me to water it. To my surprise when i go back home, the inner foliage is turning greenish, and smells lemon. but the brown stems are still there and the foliage is still brittle and dry. Is my lemon cypress is coming back to life? what should i do to it? please some advice and thanks!
  3 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 21, 2017

    If it is warm enough put the plant back outside in filtered sunlight and wait it out.

  • Carol Carol on Apr 21, 2017

    Your plant has been through plenty of stressors in it's short life so far with you. Yet it still continues to persevere, so it must have good genes, ha. I have no experience with this variety of tree, so cannot offer horticultural advice, but I would try to be gentle with it and make no drastic changes to it's environment. I see that you live in a desert locale. It may be too hot for it outside this summer. If you do put it outside, place it where it will have shade most of the time and be protected from the strong winds which occur in the desert. A tool that I have found helpful is a plant moisture meter which is a metal rod with an indicator/meter on top, which tells you when it need water when you poke the rod into the soil. You may find one at Walmart or your nursery.

    • Fany Octavia Fany Octavia on Apr 22, 2017

      Thank you for the advice. I think there is some mistake with my location setting. I live in Paris for the moment, the weather is not that hot but it's true that maybe i have to place it outside with shades in summer.

  • Kate Baxter Kate Baxter on Apr 21, 2017

    Cut off the brown.brittle stuff. Looks like the tree is reviving itself. If it still smells like lemon it is still alive.