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The newly collected Cypress with its roots still bagged up
This Chamaecyparis was found in a friends' garden nearly 3 years ago in the early Spring of 2001.
Apparently, as is typical of the many False Cypress/Chamaecypris planted during the 1970's in the UK, it had grown quite slowly for the first ten years it had been in her garden but had then become very vigorous and had outgrown its allotted space, its height reaching over 12 feet. Having decided to collect it, I dug around the rootball to find that it consisted entirely of fine roots which I would be able to keep; their presence probably as a result of the wet ground it was found growing in.
After pruning away surplus branches and trunks
Once home, I removed all but the two thickest trunks/suckers that had developed (as is usual for Chamaecyparis). I was fortunate to have many low branches to use in the future as Chamaecyparis rarely back bud at all, let alone from the trunk.
At this point I was able to count off the growth rings from the area of trunk that I had chopped, this left me with the reasonably accurate age of 30 years.
Splitting the two trunks using a large-toothed saw
The two remaining trunks were then separated to make two separate bonsai
The rootball of the tree that is subject of this bonsai progression series
The tree at this point was around 2ft tall. The tree was potted up into a mixture of sphagnum moss and fast-draining, inorganic bonsai soil and allowed to recover for a year