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How does one propagate Italian Cypress Trees

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How do you propagate Italian Cypress trees from seed?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  The Geezer replied 10 years ago.
One source offers this advice:

"...Seed - sow late winter in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. Three weeks cold stratification can improve germination rates. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 2 months at 20°c. The seedlings are very subject to damping off so should be watered with care and kept well-ventilated. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. The seed can store for several years. ..."

Source: http://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/arr_html?Cupressus+sempervirens

Another source confirms:

"...Culture
Italian cypress likes fertile soil with good drainage. It usually thrives with little attention.
Light: Italian cypress grows best in full sun.
Moisture: Provide average to dry conditions once your tree is established.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 8-10.
Propagation: Seeds need a period of cold and moist conditions before they will germinate. ..."

Source: http://www.floridata.com/ref/c/cup_semp.cfm

But my honey and I suggest, if you are actually going to try to grow them yourself from seeds, consider that after 4-8 years you MIGHT have a tree the size you can buy from your local nursery. We decided long ago to buy the biggest trees and plants we can find (and afford, of course)... since it's a long time between planting, for example, a cypress seedling and the time it will give a person any shade. We would rather gain those 4-8 years than wait for them to pass!

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