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Post  john blanchard on Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:16 am

Hi, I need as much advice as I can possibly get for my redwood that is still in the ground. Such as why do so many of them have a harsh cut to the leading shoot is it necassary? How are they root pruned,wired and shaped,fertilized,soil. I need to know everything I can find please help

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Re: advice needed coastal redwood

Post  cbobgo on Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:16 am

Most redwoods have a large trunk chop, because they used to be 30 feet tall or taller. That's how we get such big trunks on them. We chop them down to just a stump, then regrow the top to get taper.

They respond very well to root pruning, if done during the wet time of year. You can remove almost almost all the roots and the tree will grow new ones.

Pruning is primarily aggressive pinching back of the new growth after it extends an inch or two. This will promote back budding and ramification. This has to be done many times throughout the year. Wiring is pretty much standard - downswept branches, generally triangular shaped outline - if you want it to look like a natural Redwood.

For soil I have mine in 2/3 lava 1/2 bark. Fertilize regularly throughout the year.

Search online for pics from Redwood Empire Bonsai Society - they have many nice redwoods displayed at their annual shows.

England is pretty far from their natural habitat - how did you end up with a Redwood there?

- bob


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Re: advice needed coastal redwood

Post  Mitch Thomas on Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:35 pm

John
We treat Dawn Redwood the same as Bald Cypress. it should be very close in horticulture and trunk reducing techniques. I would Check with the local club for thier advise and time schedules.


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Re: advice needed coastal redwood

Post  cbobgo on Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:47 pm

Uh, Mitch, it was John that asked for advice not me (bob). Also, he is talking about Coast Redwood, which is a fair bit different than Dawn Redwood or Bald Cypress - not being deciduous.

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Re: advice needed coastal redwood

Post  Mitch Thomas on Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:22 pm

Oops -bob
Sorry, point and edit made. I didnt realize they were different.

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Thanks for the reply

Post  john blanchard on Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:01 am

Thanks for the replies guys much happier to go ahead now I'am from the north east of England where we do very well with Horthorn I found my redwood at a local garden centre years ago and was suprised too. I've reduced the height 3times and might lift it next year or the year after they really are something special ive been thinking about using some of the side branches as more trunks like a chandelier after seeing a picture of a full sized one, quite excited!

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Uh oh

Post  john blanchard on Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:02 am

Think I've made a mistake, mine is deciduous, I think it is a Dawn Redwood. I've been doing a bit of searching and I think I had it wrong, sorry will the training advice be the same or is there anything more I should know?

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Re: advice needed coastal redwood

Post  cbobgo on Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:00 am

Styling is about the same. I'm not sure about rootwork or pinching on Dawn Redwood, as I don't have any of those.

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