Re: Propagating bald cypress

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Posted by Newt on June 20, 2003 at 18:08:59:

In Reply to: Propagating bald cypress posted by Karen on May 21, 2003 at 20:26:12:

: My grandfather, who is now deceased, gave me 2 very small bald cypress trees 18 years ago when we moved into our house. We will be moving within the next year and I would like to find out if I can propagate new trees from the existing ones, so as to take "Grandpa's trees" with me. I am not a seasoned gardener so very specific directions would be greatly appreciated!

Hi Karen,
I hope this works for you and 'Grandpa's trees'. I found this searching at www.google.com.

This is what Jill Nokes in her book How to Grow Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest says about propagating the Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) from seed: "Propagation of bald cypress is achieved primarily by seeds rather than cuttings. Germination is delayed by a dormant embryo. Seeds may be sown outdoors in the fall or stratified for 60 days at 41 degrees F. Germination is also sometimes inhibited by the resinous coating of the seeds, which prevents imbibitions of water. Before sowing or stratification, remove the resin by soaking the seeds or unshattered cones in a one percent lye solution with water or in hot water just under the boiling point.
Sow the seeds in a deep seed flat or well-worked bed containing loose sandy soil with a high percentage of organic matter. Peat moss and perlite are suitable for indoor sowing. Plant the seeds 1/4 to inch deep and keep the seedbed continuously moist. Germination usually takes place in 40 to 90 days but may be as short as 15 days (USDA 1974). Partial shading of the seedlings is recommended. Seedlings must not be allowed to dry out."

Here's the link where I found it.
http://www.plantanswers.com/garden_column/april4/april4questions.htm

Best of luck,
Newt

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