How to Propagate a Bald Cypress

Answer

Some people have to make sacrifices because they are unique. The popular term “bald cypress” (Taxodium distichum) reflects the fact that the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is one of the very limited number of deciduous conifers. This tree has the potential to reach a height of 75 feet and has a lifespan of more than a thousand years in areas where it can survive, which are classified as USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 10. It has thin, feathery leaf that is sage green when it is young, becomes copper-gold in autumn, and then falls off the tree when the first frosts arrive, leaving the tree “bare.” When growing in soil that is saturated with water, a bald cypress will create a tangle of roots known as “knees” that will support the tree. On higher terrain, however, the tree will grow just as well despite the absence of knees. If you have access to bald cypress trees in your area, you may harvest their seeds and start your own seedlings from them.

  1. In the fall, the fruits of the bald cypress may be found on the ground underneath the tree. Keep an eye out for spherical cones that haven’t opened up yet. Place them in a warm spot so that they may dry out for a few weeks.

  2. The cones should be broken up into little pieces, with each piece having one or more seeds in it. It is quite hard to separate the seeds from the segments of the sappy cone, but the two may be planted together.

  3. Put moist sand in the portion of a plastic bag that is located at the bottom. Put the seeds and the bits of the cone into the bag that also contains the sand. Keep the bag in the refrigerator for a period of time ranging from two months to four months at a temperature that falls between 30 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

  4. After removing the plastic bag from the refrigerator and removing the seeds and cone pieces from the bag, place the seeds and cone pieces onto a planting tray that has been filled with moist sphagnum moss. Place the seeds and bits of the cone in the damp sphagnum moss and sow them. Each seed and cone piece should be pressed until it is about one and a half inches below the surface of the moss. Plant ten seeds for each tree that you want to develop from it. There is a wide range of potential germination rates for bald cypress seeds. Apply enough water to completely saturate the moss, but take care not to drown the seeds. It usually takes anywhere from one to three months for seeds to germinate, so throughout this time, make sure the medium you’re planted in stays nice and damp.

  5. Planting containers should be filled with standard potting soil, and there should be enough planting containers used so that each seed that germinates will have its own container. Utilizing a screwdriver, make a hole in the dirt of each individual container. Transplant each seed that has germinated into the hole in the soil of its respective container. Insert the young seedling in such a way that the root collar, also known as the root top, is just below the surface of the soil. The remaining space in each hole should be filled with dirt, and then the earth should be tucked around the roots.

  6. Put the containers where they can get some sunshine. Maintain a constant level of extremely damp soil that is never wet. The seedlings should be given a well-balanced, water-soluble fertiliser that is formulated specifically for young trees, and this fertiliser should be applied in accordance with the guidelines on the fertiliser label. A well-balanced fertiliser will include equal parts nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium in its composition.

    In the fall after their first planting, transplant the seedlings to their final position.

    Things You Will Need

    • Plastic bag

    • Wet sand

    • Refrigerator

    • Refrigerator thermometer

    • Planting tray

    • Sphagnum moss

    • Planting containers

    • Potting soil

    • Screwdriver

    • Balanced, water-soluble fertilizer

    Tip

    In order for bald cypress seeds to germinate, the soil must be moist; nevertheless, the seedling roots need not be kept completely immersed in water for extended periods of time.

    Warning

    It is important to keep the sticky resin of the bald cypress from getting on your hands or clothes. It is not simple to get rid of it.