Re: Propagating bald cypress

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Posted by Donna on June 21, 2003 at 07:34:18:

In Reply to: Re: Propagating bald cypress posted by Newt on June 20, 2003 at 18:08:59:

: : 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

: 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.

: Best of luck,
: Newt

Karen & Newt,

In addition, I have the book, Plant Propogation by American Horticultural Society. It says that most cypress may be rooted from cuttings. "For best results; take 3-4" green shoots in the late winter and root under mist with bottom heat of 68 degrees Faranheit. Cuttings may also be rooted under cover in the Summer."

In any event, Karen, I would be trying every method possible to ensure tht you indeed get to take at least one with you! Good luck!

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