Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum)


Fruit and Seed


Propagation Method

Seed collection: Bald cypress fruit is a round cone. Harvest the fruit in fall before they open. The fruit should be allowed to dry and then broken apart. The seeds are difficult to completely separate from the resinous fruit part and they can be sown together. Try to avoid getting the sticky resin on yourself, your clothes, or work space because it is very difficult to get off. They can be stored dry for long periods in air tight containers in the refrigerator.

Seed dormancy: Bald cypress has physiological dormancy.

Seed germination: Stratify seeds using moist chilling for 60 days to satisfy physiological dormancy. Following stratification, sow seeds in a nursery container to produce a seedling or sow them in a plastic container in the classroom to observe germination.

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