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Judy

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #45 on: November 27, 2011, 12:55 PM »
Yes, thanks Don.  These trees are awe inspiring to say the least.

 I also wanted to thank you for your generosity with the ebay auction items, and of course the time you give of yourself to the cause of protecting animals.  I cannot bid on the tree, but it did prompt me to make a donation to my local society, something that all of us that are unable to bid should consider.  Breaks my heart to know the cruelty that is out there.

Anyway thanks for sharing these trees with us. Cheers!
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #46 on: November 30, 2011, 08:03 PM »
This is a collected Louisiana bald cypress.  the apex has grown mostly unchecked for seasons and the apex chop has healed over as a result.  I decided to cut it back today.  I will let a bud close to the bottom of the old leader form a new apex lead, and it will be allowed to grow unchecked.  Once that process is underway I will carve taper to the old apex chop to create a more natural transition.  It will happen quickly since they grow rapidly when grown in tubs.
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #47 on: November 30, 2011, 08:09 PM »
Here is another formal upright in the making, going through the same process as the one in the last post.  It looks a bit tall.  It may be, but I prefer tall BC.  Once I get taper carved I'll know whether I have to shorten it and start the apex process over.
 

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #48 on: November 30, 2011, 09:40 PM »
These are amazing trees...very beautiful and varied collection.  Thanks for updating.

Someone had posted the following earlier in the thread, and I wanted to re-post to see if you'd be willing to talk about the training a little.

Thanks,

Chris

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Don,  These are excellent examples of BC that you have posted.  I can see that much work has gone into their training.  Would you care to describe how you developed and maintain the branch ramification.   With as many of these trees as you seem to have and given their level of development I think it would be very hard to find the time to wire train all of these trees. So, I suspect much of your training is done with just pruning. 

I personally have a real fetish for BC, especially flat-top, and over the last two years have started focusing on developing a few.  I hope that in a few years my trees can reach a similar level of refinement.

THanks for sharing!!!
John 
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #49 on: November 30, 2011, 11:44 PM »
cypress grow quickly so you can develop branches in short order.  wire your branches to set them in place, then its a lot of clip and grow.  new shoots lengthen very quickly and suck up a ton of energy.  if you let them go unchecked they will grow long and fatten the energy line that leads to their tip.  That means the branch the shoot grows from will fatten fast.  If there is wire on it that can be a problem because it will dig in before you know its happening.  If there isn't wire on it that can be a problem too because it will cause the branch to lift and you'll have to rewire it to reset the branch position.  To avoid these issues, and to quickly develop ramification, don't let shoots grow more that 4"-6".  As soon as they reach that length cut them back to 3"- 4" long.  The cut shoot won't lengthen and new shoots will emanate from it.  Feed like crazy, it will grow like crazy, and you will be cutting like crazy.  During Fall or Winter remove any unwanted wire, trim branches back removing upward growing and crossing twigs, wire what you need to set.  Spring comes and tree grows, so you keep shoots in check by constantly cutting them back to 3"-4".  Depending length of season, for me its July, defoliate, remove wire and add wire as needed.  Let it grow and keep cutting new shoots.  By Fall you will have added a lot of structure in one season.  Do the process all over again, each year.

Keep in mind that cypress are apically dominant and will always send energy and new growth vertically.  The new growth will want to reach for the sun.  Its like a dammed up river with little leaks.  Those little leaks if left alone will grow and all the bottled up water/energy will flow through them exploding their size.  Branches on a bald cypress are the same.  The tree has lots of energy waiting, and you can let it run out a few branches that will explode in size, or let it spread out through many tiny branches keeping growth uniform and in check.
 

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #50 on: December 01, 2011, 06:47 AM »
Your flat-top cypress is really well done.  I have a bunch of bc I collected in the swamps of Tennessee.  The beavers make cuts like a concave cutter  ;).  Most flat-tops I see don't have the character of yours.  I will be posting photos after I style mine when I get back to America in a few weeks.  Thanks for posting the photos!
 

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #51 on: December 01, 2011, 03:28 PM »
Don beautiful bald cypress.  I assume you purchased the trees from Guy Guidry.  Just curious.
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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #52 on: December 02, 2011, 06:32 PM »
Don beautiful bald cypress.  I assume you purchased the trees from Guy Guidry.  Just curious.
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Nope.
 

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Re: Some Bald Cypress
« Reply #53 on: December 02, 2011, 07:27 PM »
There are many talented folks with BC who do not have the name of Guy. You have done well with these, John