Bald Cypress do grow where there is intermittant flooding. Much of the bottom land where you see those cool swamp growing trees are accurate, for half of the year...
If I was starting a sapling outdoors I would want it to get as much sun as possible and the first summer I might water it every day it did not rain.
Summer two and on I would water it at least once a week.
By summer four or five, my itch was to start collecting them back into pot training. Your going to take a year or two to get from a tall nursery pot to a shallow bonsai pot.
FWIW by year eight digging out the stump became a semi-heroic task.
I took some stumps when I moved out of my last residence. They are still quite obviously just stumps. I will try to get daughter to put them on the page she set up for me. Look inna week or two on the bonsai photo forum in the "usual suspects" thread.
Think like a tree
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