Sequoia Sempervirens

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Sequoia Sempervirens

Post  tatave2000 on Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:44 pm

Hi all,
Let me introduce you my very new sequoia sempervirens.

Before:

now:


My questions: Does anybody know this kind of tree? Watering it seems to be very precise, what do you think about it?

Thanks,
Jerome.


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Re: Sequoia Sempervirens

Post  Ed van der Reek on Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:17 pm

Hi Jerome,I have one in my bonsai-collection to Very Happy
You must keep the ground always wet on this species in the summer,they like wet feet Laughing
If you do this,they will show you good growth ThumbsUp
Here a example from my tree,it's in training for about 7years now.
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Re: Sequoia Sempervirens

Post  tatave2000 on Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:32 pm

Thank you very much Ed,
Yours has a very nice trunck. Do you think that sequoia's truck can get bigger in a pot? What kind of ground do you use?
I will do my best to keep the ground always wet in summer, I leave in the south of France...

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Re: Sequoia Sempervirens

Post  slowly but surely on Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:44 pm

I have a couple pre-bonsai sempervirens growing in boxes. They are growing primarily in auto shop absorbent (diatomaceous earth - similar to kitty litter). I try to keep the ground wet, but there were at least a couple occasions this summer where they went a week with no water in 80+ degree heat (27c). They showed no ill effects and have been growing extremely vigorously.

So far they have seemed to be very forgiving trees.

I also keep a layer of dead needles covering the ground to help retain moisture.

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Re: Sequoia Sempervirens

Post  tatave2000 on Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:13 am

Thanks Slowly,
Your experience with sempervirens calmes me. Does it need to be protected during lower winter temperatures (here: -5°C/23°F)?

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Post  slowly but surely on Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:16 am

Unfortunately I can't answer the last question based on experience. Where I live I only get a couple nights each year that even get as cold as 0c.

Best of luck,

Elias

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Re: Sequoia Sempervirens

Post  PaulH on Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:15 pm

Nice start tatave.
I grew up in the California redwoods and they're one of my favorite trees.
I would suggest for future styling of your tree you greatly shorten the branches. Redwoods are huge trees and shorter, more ramified branches would make your tree look more like an ancient giant.

Here's a photo of a good one ( not mine ) I took at a recent show.

This tree is in the GSBF collection at Lake Merrit in Oakland, CA.

Paul

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Re: Sequoia Sempervirens

Post  tatave2000 on Sat Oct 16, 2010 9:03 pm

Ok Slowly, I will endure, next week, the first negative temperatures of this year (-1°C in the morning, 3°C in the afternoon) during three days...

Hi Paul,
I will cut shorter the branches but later.

Later, as well, I will create a ten jin to make the tree look like an ancient giant. But The professional (Jean-Bernard Gallais) who was there for the lesson said the tree is to young to be pruned like that. Let's be patient...
The one you shown should be better with a ten jin (the large truck disappeares unfortunatly in the foliage). Obviously, this sequoia is a really nice tree.
NB: Sorry for my English.

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