Taxodium distichum (Bald cypress) seedlings in zone 8

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Taxodium distichum (Bald cypress) seedlings in zone 8

Post  AlainK on Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:30 pm

I don't want to steal our American friend with a Scot sounding user name's message about his wonderful twin-trunk bald cypress, but to answer our British cyclomotorist's question about Taxodium distichum, here is what some of mine look like in zone 8 (much warmer and drier in the summer and colder in the winter than in Manchester).

So, Harleyrider:

I stratified the seeds in winter 2004. In spring 2005, about 20-25 % had germinated. I was about to give up any hope of seeing any germinate when they decided to live up, in late April-March.

- May 2008: I had put some of the seedling in a styrofoam box the year before, the bottom filled with coarse pozzolane (1 to 3 cm) covered with black plastic, and about 3 cm of a 30% pine bark and pozzolane (0.3 - 0.5 cm) so the roots would flatten, but get moisture from the layer below. I was just experimenting !





- In October 2008, I cut back the trunks to about 1/3 and wired up some branches to make new leaders.





- In April 2009, I put some of them in a tray.



- May 2009:



- August 2009:



OK, it isn't ready for the Kokufu-ten yet Laughing

But it's fun: I've seen lots of wonderful bald cypresses, akmost all of them were single trees, pyramyd-shaped, and had dead wood (thunder-stricken type).

I'm fattening a couple of seedlings to that aim, but I thought it woukld be fun to have a go at something different. I must have caught the "Douanier Rousseau" virus I'm afraid... Rolling Eyes

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Re: Taxodium distichum (Bald cypress) seedlings in zone 8

Post  Harleyrider on Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:02 am

Pretty impressive results, Alain.

Different is good, imho. Progress is only made by experimentation.

I think I've just convinced Kev to part with some of his excess cypress, so hopefully I'll be able to post some pics later in the year.

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Re: Taxodium distichum (Bald cypress) seedlings in zone 8

Post  JimLewis on Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:14 am

I'd really, really, really advise you to put each of those into a 12x12x6 inch grow box of its own and just let then go for 3 or 4 more years.

They're just now at the age when some of those leaflets will stay aboard as branches, and you'll want to let these grow.

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Re: Taxodium distichum (Bald cypress) seedlings in zone 8

Post  AlainK on Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:10 am

JimLewis wrote:I'd really, really, really advise you to put each of those into a 12x12x6 inch grow box of its own and just let then go for 3 or 4 more years.

They're just now at the age when some of those leaflets will stay aboard as branches, and you'll want to let these grow.

Actually, I agree with you: it was time this year to put them out of the styrofoam box and since I didn't have many containers ready, I just thought I would put them in a flat tray so that the roots begin to form a nice star-shaped base. I think i will follow your advice next spring so that they can fatten up a bit.

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