How to Grow Bald Cyprus From Cuttings


The bald cypress tree is a deciduous tree that reaches a height up to 70 feet and forms a cone-shaped canopy with a spread of 25 feet. Bald cypress trees are known for growing in swampy, wet areas throughout USDA Hardiness Zones 4 through 10. Propagate 2- to 3-year-old bald cypress trees by taking cuttings from semi-hardwood stems during the months of July and August.

Step 1

Cut 6-inch semi-hardwood branch sections from the bald cypress tree with a clean, sharp knife. Choose sections from current-year branch growth that is starting to harden and mature.

Step 2

Mix a rooting soil from equal portions of peat moss, perlite and coarse sand. Moisten the mixture with water until it has the consistency of a damp sponge. Fill a propagation tray with the moist soil.

Step 3

Cut all foliage from the bottom half of the bald cypress cutting. Dip the bottom end into powdered rooting hormone and stick the stem into the propagation tray to a depth of 2 to 3 inches.

Step 4

Mist the bald cypress cuttings with water and cover the propagation tray with clear plastic to hold the moisture in. Set the cuttings in an area with bright, indirect sunlight and a temperature of 68 to 70 degrees F.

Step 5

Uncover the propagation tray daily to refresh the air and mist the cuttings with water. Monitor the soil moisture to prevent the bald cypress cuttings from rotting.

Step 6

Tug on the bald cypress cuttings six weeks after planting to see if there is root formation. Move the soil around the stem to verify the length of the roots. Transplant bald cypress cuttings into 4-inch individual growing pots once the roots are 1 inch in length.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Coarse sand
  • Water
  • Propagation tray
  • Water mister
  • Clear plastic
  • 4-inch pots
  • Potting soil
  • Isopropyl alcohol


  • University of Florida: Bald Cypress
  • Arbor Day Foundation: Baldcypress
  • North Caroline State University: Propagation by Stem Cuttings
Keywords: bald cypress cuttings, root bald cypress, grow bald cypress

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Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.