Bald Cypress Bonsai
A Gardener’s Guide to the Bald Cypress Bonsai
If you are a beginner at bonsai tree cultivation or would simply like to try your hand at the art of bonsai care, the bald cypress bonsai is a great tree to start with. It is certainly recommended that beginners start with a grown specimen, but it is certainly possible to grow your own bald cypress bonsai from a tiny little seed. The choice is completely up to, just take into consideration how much time and effort you are willing to invest in the tree.
With a little care, preparation, and effort you can have a beautiful bonsai tree that will last years and years, bringing beauty and tranquility into your life. The art of bonsai has been around for millennia, and is growing in popularity in western society.
Where to Acquire a Tree
Assuming you do not want to start off with a seed, you need to consider where you are going to find a tree. Luckily, there are several options for you. If you want the process to be done and over with quickly, then you should start by visiting local nurseries. They will likely have starter trees for you that are established enough so as not to wither and die if you make a faulty cut—a common problem for beginning bonsai enthusiasts.
If you are seeking to get more in tuned with nature, or are lucky enough to live in regions where the bald cypress bonsai grows, you can also choose to go into the wild and harvest your own. These bonsais can be found in many locations, particularly the southern parts of the United States. They grow quite plentifully, particularly in areas that are swampy and water-logged.
When you find a specimen, look and make sure it has a tapered trunk. Ideally, you should have looked up some information on how to cut and harvest your tree. Avoid doing this doing summer months. Instead, harvest and purchase during the winter when the tree is dormant.
Caring for Your Bonsai
Caring for your bonsai on a daily basis is not as difficult as you may think. You simply need to provide water, light, and growing room in the right quantities. While most bonsais prefer quick draining soil, the bald cypress bonsai comes from the swamp and therefore prefers wet, humid environments. Be careful to not over-water though—one watering per day should be sufficient.
Full sunlight is certainly the best option for your bonsai, although it is possible to grow your tree indoors. Should you choose to grow it indoors, you will need to carefully choose a location that will offer it the best amount of daytime sunlight possible.
Shaping Your New Bonsai Tree
When the time comes to finally make a cut in your bald cypress, you will likely be nervous. After all, if you cut the wrong way or too much, your tree might fail to thrive. Luckily, there is a simple way to make sure you don’t leave too much growing and don’t take off too much. The height of your bonsai should be the equivalent of the base width of the tree times six (H = W x 6). Simply keeping this in mind will help alleviate much of your anxiety. Remember to prune regularly in order to maintain the form you would like.
With some devotion and a small amount of care, you too can achieve wonderful results with your bonsai. Just keep in mind that mastering this art is not a simple process to be learned in a few days. You will only get better as you continue to make cuts in your tree.