Some Ways To Help Preserve Your Cypress Bonsai

by Jess Shaw - Date: 2008-10-10 - Word Count: 391 Share This!

The Cypress inched its way to the hearts of bonsai enthusiasts with its regal looks: graceful and green feather-like leaves, refined branches and a bark with cinnamon-brown color.

The Cypress bonsai can be found in swamps along big rivers throughout the southern portion of the United States. It didn't reach the shores of Japan until the last century and today, it is everywhere in both countries.

Cypress trees are generally considered as bonsais now. In fact, it is one of the priciest bonsais around. Well, that's the prize for looking regal!

Here are useful tips on taking care of this royalty:

1. Cuttings from the previous year are the best types that you can use to begin planting a new Cypress bonsai. Once the edge is cleaned using a razor-sharp knife, you can insert the cutting in sand (clean and always moist). Just like all regular nursery stocks, you should let the cuttings grow for the next two years.

2. On the third year, training can begin. Use a copper wire in training the trunk and the branches. Make sure to cut off the branches that have grown long before beginning to train. The goal: to have a low bonsai with short branches.

3. Shortening or trimming the branches should be done in the autumn season. This is to make certain that the growth has already hardened. If you do the trimming in springtime, the sap would flow out and that may cause the branch to wither and the tree to eventually die.

4. To water the Cypress bonsai, make sure to put them in a basin full of water especially during spring and summer. The great thing about this, you don't have to worry about watering the tree everyday.

5. Every two or three years, make sure to repot the Cypress bonsai. This will ensure the health of the roots and the plant in general.

6. If you are a Cypress enthusiast and would want to turn your garden into a small forest where cypresses abound, you can have seeds and raise seedlings from them. It is said that it is better to raise cypresses from seedlings rather than buying them already potted.

Whatever you choose to do with your Cypress bonsai, the rewards are many and fulfilling. And just like any planting endeavor, it improves your well-being and your perception of life as a whole.

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