Bald Cypress - CHOP

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I want to begin working on a bald cypress by purchasing nursery stock and chopping it low.

I live in VA, hardiness zone 7a

What is the best time of year for me to do this?

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Eric Group

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You want to buy a BC from a nursery?
I don't generally see them available at the nurseries around me... why not grab a saw and some trash bags and head to the nearest swamp? Don't they grow in Va?
 

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I have one I collected and two from a nursery. I'm trying to hold out a few more weeks. I just don't trust the weather, zone 5 central IL
 

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You want to buy a BC from a nursery?
I don't generally see them available at the nurseries around me... why not grab a saw and some trash bags and head to the nearest swamp? Don't they grow in Va?
I could drive a few hours to find native bald cypress, but I'm working on a tight schedule these days and have my fair share of nurseries nearby
 

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What is the best time of year for me to do this?
I wait until all frost has past and chop anytime through the growing season here. They don't seem to care honest, at least here. I chopped a young four foot down to under 2 foot leaving a couple of branches in the middle of last Summer and it did not bother it at all. I am going to gouge out the tap root and split it from the base upwards 10 inches or so this Spring and force it to stay separated and I again expect it to live.

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Cache river in southern but not sure about any where to collect down there. I got seeds from some on spring lake by me. I drove down to Arkansas to collect one.IMG_20160521_122910389.jpgSouthern.. kayak tripIMG_20160427_090455.jpgSpring lake kayak tripIMG_20160505_170230929.jpgArkansas.. wish I had my kayak
 

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Once I see movement in my seedling I can send you some if you want a few small ones to play with. I want to to make sure I don't send dead sticks to you lol. I've got plenty.IMG_20160228_083941_416.jpgA cool one on spring lake
 

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@GrimLore was yours one that was collected you purchased online? Or did you find one at a garden center?
I purchased a few bare rooted online to try out a inexpensive provider. They grew from pencil thin to 1 1/2 - 2 inch bases in one growing season and 4 foot tall. I am getting a dozen or so again in the Spring for a forest in a few seasons and just hacking these and trying different methods.

Grimmy
 

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