How to Plant Baldcypress Trees

Overview

The baldcypress is a fast-growing tree hardy to USDA zones 5 through 10 that can reach a height of 150 feet and live for hundreds of years. It is commonly found in boggy, wet areas in the southeastern part of the United States and is able to tolerate drought, pollution and compacted soil. Baldcypress trees must be planted during their dormant phase, from November to March, and while the weather is frost-free. They should also be planted in areas where they'll receive full sun exposure.

Step 1

Choose a location to plant the baldcypress tree. Because of its eventual size, it will need to be planted well away from other trees and structures.

Step 2

Add a 3-inch layer of coarse sand and a 2-inch layer of compost to the soil in the planting area. Mix it in with the gardening fork to a depth of 6 inches.

Step 3

Dig a hole the same depth and twice the width of the pot in which the baldcypress is being grown with a shovel. Lower the tree into the hole, fanning out the roots on the bottom. Close the hole with soil, packing it down to remove any air pockets.

Step 4

Flood the tree with water, allow it to drain and flood it again. Keep the soil very wet while the tree is becoming established.

Step 5

Protect the tree from predators, particularly if it is small, by building a cage around it with chicken wire.

Things You'll Need

  • Coarse sand (builder's sand)
  • Compost
  • Gardening fork
  • Shovel
  • Chicken wire

References

  • U.S. Forest Service: Baldcypress
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Planting Cypress
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