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Title: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 07, 2009, 07:43 AM
My good friend John G posted a video of the cypress that he worked on, on the 4th of July. It is true that we usually work on cypress on July 4th but I was spending time with my family on the 4th but we did get together on the 5th to do some work. John posted under the Conifer heading so I posted under the Deciduous heading since bald cypress are both.
Here is some pics of the cypress that I leaf pruned and wired.
Ken  
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: Jay Wilson on July 07, 2009, 08:10 AM
Ken, this is wonderful. Very tree-like.

Could you explain what you mean by leaf pruned?

Thanks,
Jay
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 07, 2009, 08:17 AM
Thanks Jay, most all of the leaves were removed so the tree could be wired, it makes the leaves look better in the fall also because the newer leaves do not get as ragged, and the fall color is better also.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: Rick Moquin on July 07, 2009, 08:19 AM
Ken,

That is gorgeous tree and twin trunk. The denuded photo is the best and I'll explain why.

This is one of the better mother daughter combos I have seen, looks extremely natural. When in full foliage however there seems to be far too much foliage between the two and although we can see from the soil line that it is a twin trunk, the main tree's foliage overpowers the daughter, instead of a harmonious unity.
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 07, 2009, 08:24 AM
John and I go collecting BC around the 4th of July also, here are some pics of our collecting trip last week.
Ken.
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 07, 2009, 08:30 AM
Thanks Rick, The foliage was left to grow wild to make the tree healthier so it could be leaf pruned in mid summer. In a month there will be a lot of new foliage and I will pinch it to keep it compact.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 07, 2009, 08:46 AM
Here is a pic of some of the trees after they were potted.
The water elms were put in buckets of water with a little bit of miracle-gro. In the past we have left the water elms in buckets of water for a year or more and they did just fine, these will be planted in the fall.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: weeijk on July 07, 2009, 05:25 PM
Love this twin trunk Cypress, would wish we could find such marvelous pieces here in the Netherlands, sadly we don´t.

Only 2 things I don´t completely understand:

-The crown of the big tree is much more full of branches than of the little tree, howcome?
-The top of the trunk of the big tree has very little taper, why not wire one of the branches up to make the taper better and the crown lighter. (a tried to virtualize my thoughts)

Keep us posted, thanks for sharing,

Wessel
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 07, 2009, 06:13 PM
Hi Wessel, Thank You for taking the time to do a virtual, I like it very much and thank You for your kind comments. I have planed to remove some of the branches later, I let them grow to build a strong top. This has taken many years to get strong growth and I am timid about cutting to much.
This tree started out as a single trunk about 14 years ago. This is one of the first bald cypress trees that John G and I collected and was not that great. The top cut was to large to make a good tapered transition so I decided to carve out the middle of the trunk and make a twin trunk Bonsai. That was done on the 4th of July about 1995 or 1996.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: Heather Coste on July 07, 2009, 09:52 PM
Timid about cutting branches, but not about carving out the trunk like that to make two trees?!?!

you have more guts than I will probably every have.

It is, as stated previously, a very natural looking tree, I didn't guess it was one tree until you said something about it. Very nicely done.
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 08, 2009, 07:35 AM
Thank You Heather for kind reply.
When I got the idea to make a twin trunk out of a single trunk there was not much to loose, only an ugly cypress stump and 4 hrs of work.
I think the top of the tree was weak because of the carving out of the center of the trunk. After so many years of care and development I would not want to risk weakening the top.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: Rick Moquin on July 08, 2009, 10:35 AM
The top cut was to large to make a good tapered transition so I decided to carve out the middle of the trunk and make a twin trunk Bonsai. That was done on the 4th of July about 1995 or 1996.
Ken
Haha! a cheater tree :) Nonetheless you pulled it off masterfully. Ya should have kept me in the dark  ;) JK

As stated earlier it is probably the best mother daughter I have seen, and is more beautiful now knowing the truth. Take a bow!!
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 08, 2009, 01:30 PM
Well You know Bonsai is all about illusion.
Thank You Rick for your kind remarks.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: Gary Marchal on July 08, 2009, 09:48 PM
Ahhh YES Ken  !!!

Well Done !!

This bonsai brings my eye back to the swamp. It will only get better with time. Great Work !!

Best Always

Gary
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 09, 2009, 06:48 AM
Thank You Gary, I know that You love the swamp as much as John G and Myself.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: rockm on July 09, 2009, 08:48 AM
Ken,

VERY nice composition, skillfully executed. I wish I could find material like that to work with.

One tweak, though..Ever thought about a longer, lower pot? I understand collected BC can sometimes have stubborn root masses, but this composition would work even better in a shallower, longer pot. A lower profile with extra "white space" to the right of the trees (which would suggest open bayou water) would emphasize the trunks even more and allow the image to "breath" a bit.
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 09, 2009, 09:46 AM
Thank You rockm for your kind comments.
You can find material every where, You just have to look. It may not be Bald Cypress but there is something in your neck of the woods that will, with time and effort make something just as good. The fun is getting out in the woods looking, it like fishing you don't always catch what you are looking for but it is fun just the same.
Pots can be hard, it seems that you never have the right one. This tree is large, 40 inches tall and about 11 inches wide at the soil level. I guess that I am from the old school in that the depth of the pot should be equal to the width if the trunk although this is a deep pot it is only about half (23" wide 5.5" deep) of what the width of the trunk is. That being said I am intrigued by your suggestion. Maybe you can do virt of what You had in mind.
Thanks again
Ken  
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: weeijk on July 09, 2009, 10:22 AM
Hi Ken, agree a little on the pot, have used one of Walter Palls for this virt, hope you get an idea.....

cheers Wessel
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 09, 2009, 10:31 AM
Hi again Wessel,
Boy I have to get away from this computer and get some work done.
Thank You for another fine virt, it gives me something to think about, but buying another 3 or 4 or 5 hundred dollar pot makes my heart skip a beat.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: rockm on July 09, 2009, 10:43 AM
Ken,

Unfortunately, I don't have the skill or the software to do an adequate understandable virt. I have my own collected BC in a long, low ash glazed oval pot. much like those here:
http://www.albrightpots.com/pots_oval.htm (http://www.albrightpots.com/pots_oval.htm)

Red brown ash glazes like these:
http://www.langbonsai.com/ (http://www.langbonsai.com/)

go great with BC bark. I have my big BC in one of Ron's ash glazed pots.

I have found that BC, with their exaggerated basal flare, can present some difficulty in using the traditional width/depth formula for pot sizing. You can wind up with pots that can be imposing--at the expense of the trees inside. Some BC can handle imposing pots, but with alot of them, it's not necessary.

Instead of thinking in terms of trunk, I sometimes think in terms of setting. Thinking of your two trees as a forest planting, not a specimen planting, for instance, frees up some pot choices. Pots for forest plantings don't necessarily try to match trunk girth. The containers used for forests tend to be longer and shallower, allowing more room for the composition  inside them. Forests  require some "white space" in the composition for the eye to rest, or to suggest open space adjacent the forest. Penjing compositions do this too, only more explicitly.

I have collected native S.E. US trees for a while. Quality BC like yours are wonderful to work with. Unfortunately, I  don't have ready access to native BC of any quality here in No. Va. I have to rely on trips to Texas or other collectors to get  them.

Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: Rick Moquin on July 09, 2009, 11:37 AM
Getting pots (large) is quite a proposition and yes once I found out the size I had a heart attack as well. If cost was no object a shallower pot will retain more moisture than a deeper one of equal volume, I say this because BCs grow in swamps.
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: rockm on July 09, 2009, 12:38 PM
Wessel's virt is a start. The pot isn't really wide enough though, in my opinion. Several inches wider, a half inch or so shallower...

Yeah, big trees need big pots. Big pots are expensive. Really nice big pots are hugely expensive... :D :'( That's one of the downsides of big trees... you also might need might need more hernia insurance than mame growers. ;D

For what it's worth (and you already all of know this), domestic pots are less expensive than Japanese or other imports -- with the possible exception of some Chinese stuff. 



Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 09, 2009, 02:10 PM
Rockm, Thank You for your input. I agree that after studying Wessel's virt next to the original pic I can see your point. Maybe some day a pot will be found, if I can afford it.
I have not found a potter that will make a pot that is 30" to 36" wide, wish I could.
I still think that this was not good material to start with, it little taper and the cut at the top was about 4" to 5" wide , hard to transition, also the roots did not radiate all the way around the trunk. By carving a poor piece of material and with many years in a pot and effort, I think a decent tree was made. We have a saying down here "You can't make chicken salad out of chicken s--t" but maybe if you try hard enough and use some tricks, you can.
Here are a few bad, old, scaned pics from the day it was carved.
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 09, 2009, 04:23 PM
You are welcome Irene, I would love to see how that tree looks today. Have you seen it lately?
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 09, 2009, 04:39 PM
I need to make a correction. This tree was collected in 1994 or 1995, it was not carved until 1998. Saw it on one of the old pics.
Sucks to get old.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: rockm on July 10, 2009, 08:39 AM
Ken,

 Your work with this is  outstanding. From the pics of the final product, the drastic steps aren't visible.  It's very natural looking and you should be proud.

For what it's worth, Ron Lang makes pots that big and is VERY good at it. Go to:
http://www.langbonsai.com/ (http://www.langbonsai.com/)

and click on the "technical information" link on the left side. Look at the slideshows of him making big ovals.

Ron is not inexpensive, but he's cheaper than Japanese imports. His pots are stellar (I own several), heavy, frost proof and well thought out. I'm spoiled because he's up in Baltimore only 40 miles away. I see his work at the National Arboretum every year when the PBA show rolls around. He's also a good guy and will work with you on exactly what you need.
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 10, 2009, 08:59 AM
Rockm, Thank you very much for your kind words and the info about Ron Lang.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: weeijk on July 10, 2009, 11:12 AM
Yes RockM, thats quit a lot of money for those pots, compared some Tokoname against the ones from Ron Lang.

Tokoname: slab 16x11x0,8 inch http://www.tokoname.or.jp/bonsai/gallery/48f89.htm (http://www.tokoname.or.jp/bonsai/gallery/48f89.htm)  without shipping ~65$
Lang        : slab 16x8 inch organic 
                                                                                                              150$
Tokoname: oval 16x12x2,2 inch  http://www.tokoname.or.jp/bonsai/gallery/86f30.htm (http://www.tokoname.or.jp/bonsai/gallery/86f30.htm)  without shipping  ~145$
Lang        : oval  17x14x2,5 inch Straight lip, Flush foot- Sprayed Glaze  1-3 inch deep 15-17 inch long  150-250$

Offcourse the glaze on Ron's pots is much nicer and the slab is looking better too, but I think you could order directly from Japan and get those pots over for round 100$. Than you would be paying round the same amount in total.......

I used the real Tokoname site, think you can find other potters, who are probably even cheaper. Maybe you can find them in England aswell, people like John Pitt and Andy Pearson (Stone Monkey) for instance a 11,4 inch round unglazed from Stone  Monkey costs round 100$ http://www.stonemonkeyceramics.co.uk/ (http://www.stonemonkeyceramics.co.uk/)    Here's the link to John Pitt  http://www.johnpittbonsaiceramics.co.uk/ (http://www.johnpittbonsaiceramics.co.uk/)
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: Jay Wilson on July 10, 2009, 11:55 AM
Ken,
I find it interesting that you collect BC in July and I see from the pictures you are digging them in standing water.

I've had my eye on a couple of BC's for a few years but never seem to take the time to collect them in January which I've been told is the proper time to lift them in central Florida.

So, do you think I could collect in July in Fl. ?

If so, are there any hints or tricks to successful summer collecting you can share with us?

Thanks for all the posting you've done here....

Jay
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 10, 2009, 12:24 PM
Hi Jay, We have found over the years that collecting BC in late June to early July has been the best time for collecting stumps, better success rate.
That is where a tree say is 6" at the base and 20' tall is dug and the top is cut off leaving a stump of about 3'. They bud back in about 3 or 4 weeks and grow strong for the rest of the summer. The bigger the tree the better the success rate. Sometimes the medium size trees do not make it as well. We have not found any Cypress that were dwarfed as you see in South Fla., I do not know if they would make it being collected in July. All of The trees that we have collected in early Spring seem not to make it unless you have a green house to warm them up, they seem to like the heat. I do not know about Fla. collecting, but You might try to collect one and see.
Good luck.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: rockm on July 10, 2009, 12:54 PM
I realize Lang's pots are expensive, but I still maintain they're a better buy than Tokoname--especially in the size that is being considered here. Large Tokonome pots aren't cheap and they're also not very common here. Shipping for such a monster would easily add $100 to it--IF it's not chipped or even smashed in transit. To get a proper "fit" (And even that would be approximate) you would have to rely on the catalog. With a custom pot from a domestic source, you get to work directly with the potter. I know Ron (and Dale Cochoy and Sara RAynor and others) are very interested in talking with their buyers about what a pot should look like. They will help design the container with the grower. Can't really ask for better than that.

For what it's worth, I have more than a few tokoname pots and frankly, some aren't very good. Some have all the character as block of Hershey's chocolate. Don't get me wrong, good Tokonameware is awesome. Mediocre tokonameware (and yes, there is some of that) is boring and overpriced.

Sorry for the hijack...and I will step down from the podium now :D
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: Jay Wilson on July 10, 2009, 09:12 PM
Ken,
Thanks for the advice on summer collecting.
I think I'll try this weekend to dig a couple of Bc's just to see how they do.

I realize it's a few weeks further along in the growing season here than where you are, so I won't dig anything special....Just a couple of 'em as an experiment.

Do you have any advice as to soil mix or water immersion or.....?
Thanks,

Jay
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 10, 2009, 09:42 PM
Jay,
I like to use a good quality nursery potting soil like Fafard or Pro-Mix, and keep them wet. It is good to use a deep nursery container and bury the tree deep above the surface roots to keep the trunk moist. use a large enough container that soil surrounds the roots completely without any of the roots touching the sides or the bottom of the container. I put mine out in full sun after a week in the shade and out of the wind.
Hope this helps.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: Jay Wilson on July 10, 2009, 09:50 PM
Thanks Ken.
It'll help a lot.

Jay
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: bonsaikc on July 11, 2009, 02:19 PM
Ken, I just now got to look at your post on the fast interwebs and I must say, that is more than just fine work. You have produced a very artistic composition made all the more inspiring by the intermediate photos. I would never guess this was one tree hollowed out to make a twin trunk. My hat is off to you!

Chris
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 11, 2009, 03:10 PM
Thank You Chris.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 13, 2009, 12:06 PM
I think that this tree has some other interesting views, maybe it should be in a round pot.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: rockm on July 13, 2009, 01:28 PM
I know where you're coming from with the round pot, but I think this planting would be better served in an oval. Although it does have several "sides" none are as good as the primary (Which is  pretty hard to beat).

It needs "white space" to put it in perspective, I think. A round pot, in which it would be equidistant from all sides wouldn't provide that and could even lessen the impact as its "best side wouldn't be emphasized, but made equal to the others...
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: johng on July 13, 2009, 05:19 PM
I have had the opportunity to watch this tree develop over the years.  I have to admit that when Ken first did the carving I was not a fan, but as with so many things that I have learned from Ken, patience and time is invaluable in the maturity of this tree. Although I enjoy this tree just as it is...I do think that the general style and the nature of this species would be complimented by a much larger and shallower container.  Unfortunately, the cost of a container such as I'm suggesting in the virtual below makes this not very realistic. 
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 13, 2009, 06:51 PM
Thanks for the virt John.
I do not think that the roots would go in that shallow of a pot. After looking at the virt that wessel did  and this one, I can see this tree in a different, more shallow and longer pot, but it would have to be deeper than that.
I know You thought I was crazy when I carved this tree, I remember  You asking "What are going to do with that?"
Ken 
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: JTGJr25 on July 13, 2009, 10:51 PM
I'm beyond impressed in the way you have gone about creating this beautiful tree.  I would never have guessed how you created this.  Rockm has a great point about the round pot.  While the other views are very interesting it is clear right away that this is one hollowed out trunk.  Those views give away the secret. 

Tom
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 14, 2009, 06:28 AM
Rockm and Tom I thank You both for your concurring thoughts. I have to agree.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: rockm on July 14, 2009, 08:45 AM
Ken,

I don't think the shallower pot would be prohibitive with BC horticulturally speaking. I have a collected BC with a 7" basal flare in a pot that is less than 4" deep and about 20" long and 18" wide. Since BC can take extreme root pruning, I managed to reduce a pretty big collected root mass into a flat 3" deep  mass in about 4 years, just by sawing off larger dominant roots every other year at repotting. I expected the BC, with it's extremely aggressive root growth, to push itself out of such a shallow pot in a year. It hasn't done so. It's been in this pot for 5 years now and gets root pruned every three.

The shallower, wider pot could actually be better for it, since long, low pots retain more moisture than deeper narrower pots--Deeper pots drain more quickly and thoroughly than wider shallower containers.

Although the cost of a large container is prohibitive, it's not undoable. As I mentioned, working with a specialist, domestic potter can reduce costs and yield a better container.

P.S. John's virtual pot could be a bit shorter with a grey/green wood ash matte glaze ;D, but I like the composition very much with more "breathing room."
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 15, 2009, 06:44 AM
Rockm,
I know that BC can live in a shallow pot but this one has roots that go deeper than you think.
It was cut flat on the bottom the day it was collected and has developed a root system in the last 11 years where there is a hole in the center with roots that radiate from it and grow downward.
I feel that it could fit into a pot that is 4" deep and work, but if any more of the surface roots were exposed, it will not look as good.
Using a deeper pot should not effect the moisture retention that much because the soil that I use for BC holds a lot of moisture.
Thank You for your input I do see a change in this trees future.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: noissee on July 20, 2009, 09:58 PM
Hey Ken,
When you guys leave the water elms in the bucket of water:
1. Do you bare-root first? Or just plop it in there however it comes out of the ground?

2. Do you change out the water on a regular basis?

Thanks,
Nick
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 21, 2009, 06:46 AM
Hi Nick,
The Water Elms are bare root and I just add water when it gets low.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: noissee on July 21, 2009, 09:35 AM
Cool, thanks.
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 22, 2009, 06:48 AM
16 days after pruning some branches and removing most of the leaves on this Cypress, it is putting on new growth all over.
It is time now to pinch the new growth and remove unwanted buds, this is done almost every day and I will continue this practice for the rest of the growing season.
Buds to be removed are the ones growing up, down, in the branch crotches and also the ones that are to close to other branches. This will help to keep the foliage light and airy. 
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: bwaynef on July 22, 2009, 09:39 AM
That might be the BEST photo sequence I've seen.  :)

I had no idea you had to chase these things back every day like that.  About how long do you spend pinching buds on this one daily?
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: JTGJr25 on July 22, 2009, 04:25 PM
Wow! Beautiful pictures.  How about a pic of the whole tree in that same lighting?

Tom
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 23, 2009, 06:49 AM
Thank You Wayne.
Please don't get me wrong, I do not treat all BC this way. This tree will be pinched and pruned to get ready to show this year and next year it will be mostly left alone, only pruned a little, to let it rest. I will spend about 10 minutes a day for the first month or so after that it will take less and less time to keep the foliage in check. The main thing is to remove the unwanted buds, the ones that grow up, down, in crotches, to close to other branches and the one that I forgot, those growing inward.
I am sure You know that the leaves on BC grow into branches as they get larger. if You pinch the end of a leaf it will bud out at the end and the new leaves that sprout from there will be smaller. In the winter any leaves that are not large enough to form a branch will just fall off. You can actually strip off all of the leaflets off and leave the spine of the leaf and it will bud all along the spine, not at all like most trees.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on July 23, 2009, 06:52 AM
Thank You Tom, There is on background where these pictures were taken, it is in the middle of my yard and the tree would not show up so well.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: bwaynef on July 23, 2009, 08:30 AM
I am sure You know that the leaves on BC grow into branches as they get larger. if You pinch the end of a leaf it will bud out at the end and the new leaves that sprout from there will be smaller. In the winter any leaves that are not large enough to form a branch will just fall off. You can actually strip off all of the leaflets off and leave the spine of the leaf and it will bud all along the spine, not at all like most trees.

You overestimate me, but thanks for the information.  I did NOT know that and I find that fascinating.  It really changes how you would go about attacking these things to know the little details like this.  Thanks again.
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on August 01, 2009, 01:40 PM
Here is an update on the trees we collected just before July 4th.
The Water Elms are growing strong and the Bald Cypress stump is budding all up and down the trunk.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: noissee on August 01, 2009, 01:59 PM
I'm really interested in working with water elms. Do the leaves ever get as small as the chinese elms?
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on August 01, 2009, 02:21 PM
Hi Nick,
I have seen Water Elms in the wild with small leaves and I have seen them with large leaves. The ones that were in full Sun had small leaves and the ones in the shade had large leaves.
With pruning the tops often and having the roots confined in a small Bonsai container and growing then in full Sun the leaves can become much smaller.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on August 18, 2009, 06:02 PM
It has been about 40 days ago when I leaf pruned this Cypress. I have been pinching and pruning  the new growth just about every day after the new foliage came out. I was gone on vacation for 8 days and it had grown quite a lot.
Here are before and after pictures of the pruning job that it got last Sunday.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on September 10, 2009, 07:48 AM
Here is an update of the cypress tree that was collected around July 4th.
Its is growing strong and I think that I can start working on it next July.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: weeijk on September 10, 2009, 11:10 AM
I only wish  :( they could be found overhere, that nice.....
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on December 11, 2009, 10:39 AM
Here is a picture of this tree with its Fall color showing.
The color came late this year because it was leaf pruned in the Summer.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: Don Blackmond on December 11, 2009, 12:33 PM
well done
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: donmaple on December 11, 2009, 02:50 PM
Ken, you have inspired me. I moved to South Carolina about five years ago and all this warm humid air must be good for something! I have always admired thoe big beautiful evergreens like fir and larch with it's fall colors but no chance for them here. Bald Cypress, I can see from yours, can be big and impressive. And what better place than the lowcountry of South Carolina. Thank you so much for unabashedly sharing your many years of experiance! Now I feel confident to tackle a new species and if i need more info I can look back at all that you have posted...invaluable. Thanks from a new fan...Don.
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on December 11, 2009, 05:34 PM
Don B,
Thank You very much.

Don M,
Thank You for Your kind words.
The Low Country of South Carolina is a great place to grow Bald Cypress Bonsai. I hope you have a try at them if You have not already. They are easy to grow just do not let them dry out and spray for scale and drench the soil for root aphids
Ken 
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: Tim Watts on December 16, 2009, 10:10 PM

Must be nice to go into the swamps when it is warm we go in Feb down in Florida
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on April 04, 2010, 06:19 PM
Just waking up.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: Steven on April 04, 2010, 07:56 PM
Looks very happy to be waking up from it's winter nap  ;) Mine are waking up as well but they don't come close to yours or John's.
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on April 06, 2010, 05:18 PM
Hi Steven, thank You for your kind reply.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ericN on April 07, 2010, 10:59 AM
this is  my favorite bald cypress on any forum. especially when you see how it started and the  technique you used to bring t where it is now. looking forward seeing more development on this awesome tree.

eric
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: ken duncan on April 07, 2010, 04:43 PM
Thank You very much Eric.
Ken
Title: Re: 4th July Cypress
Post by: GastroGnome on May 19, 2010, 04:51 PM
You can get some very large Chinese Zisha pots from 789kentbonsaistore on eBay, I got a 32" oval for a BC forest planting for 200$.  I'll admit that they're not as nice as handmade Langs or Raynors or the like, but they're attractive and inexpensive, I find them worthwhile for larger pots.