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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: october on July 27, 2010, 05:20 PM

Title: Big Little Redwood
Post by: october on July 27, 2010, 05:20 PM
Hello all,
This is a new redwood I picked up almost 2 weeks ago. Potentially, probably one of the nicest shohin redwoods I have come across.

About 9 inches tall with about a 2 1/2 inch base.

Title: Re: Big Little Redwood
Post by: shimsuki on July 27, 2010, 05:50 PM
Very Nice! It's the nicest shohin redwood that I have ever seen, of course in the midwest we dont see many redwoods period.

Keep us Updated,
Title: Re: Big Little Redwood
Post by: Steven on July 27, 2010, 07:08 PM
Nice one Rob! So this is my christmas present eh?  ;D j/k It is the best I've seen as well. Most I see are multi trunks sprouted from gnarly root or multi trunk sprouted from ugly stump. Keep us updated on this one. It's going to be a fine tree :)
Title: Re: Big Little Redwood
Post by: MatsuBonsai on July 27, 2010, 09:35 PM
Wow, that's really nice.  What are your plans for it? 
Title: Re: Big Little Redwood
Post by: JamieR on July 28, 2010, 06:45 AM
nice mate :)

I am growing a swamp/bald cypress for a shohin sized tree. this one is great, it gives me something to aim for now that i know it can be done on such a small scale! :)

Title: Re: Big Little Redwood
Post by: october on July 29, 2010, 03:21 PM
Thanks everyone..

Hello Steven..maybe I'll send you a cutting for Christmas  ;D

Hello Matsubonsai..Well...relying on what I already know about them and after having received input form other bonsai artists.. I have formulated a plan..

Basically, almost all the main branches are in place.. There are about 4 side branches, a couple of back ones and an apex.. So we are off to a good start there.. All these branches have just started to harden off... I am planning on letting these branches get very long and strong... Then cutting them back to a bud (hopefully) to induce taper. Then lettign them grow more

Step 2, which I have already started, to clean up all the buds popping out all over the trunk and throughout the tree. However, I will probably leave a bud near where all the chops were made to promote faster healing.

The tree could probably use a repotting, next season..

Also, I already have a good winter protection area for it as well.


Title: Re: Big Little Redwood
Post by: MatsuBonsai on October 21, 2011, 08:04 PM
Any update on this one?
Title: Re: Big Little Redwood
Post by: october on October 25, 2011, 03:12 PM
Hello Matsu... Actually, there is a bunch of things to tell about this tree.. Towards the end of last Winter, the tree took an awful turn. It started browing.. Around which time, before the browning became very bad, I repotted the tree.. Shortly after, the tree continued to brown at a really fast rate. It was to the point where practially all the fresh new buds that were growing, were dying off.

I refused to let this tree die, so I began trimming all the brown and then decided to spray with Daconil fungicide. A few weeks later, the browning slowed down. Once again, I cut all the dead off and sprayed one more time with the fungicide... By this time which was around July, the tree was getting some good sun and warmer temperatures and began to bounce back like a champ.

Here is the tree almost fully recovered and in it's new pot. Also, since the tree started browing before the repot, I knew it wasn't that ( it probably didn't help though). However, with the new buds dying, I thought that it might posibly be a fungal situation. Which lead me to use the Daconil.

Title: Re: Big Little Redwood
Post by: coh on October 25, 2011, 04:05 PM
I'm curious - how did the roots look when you repotted it?

I have a coast redwood that I got as a seedling from Brent Walston a few years back. The first winter I let it get too dry at one point and I lost a lot of the foliage and buds as a result. I wonder if it could have been something that simple with your tree? Looks like it's recovered very well (as did mine), regardless.

Title: Re: Big Little Redwood
Post by: october on October 25, 2011, 06:03 PM
Hello coh.. from what I remember they looked fine. The thing is that even though it had some browning during winter, the tree began to come back strongly.. Then, after it was turning green and healthy again,  it had started to brown again and regress rapidly. It seemed that after the first fungicide spraying, it started to do better. I am not certain that it was the fungicide that did the trick. However, I know that when conifers have certain fungal diseases, the new growth browns, almost rust like and dies. I saw some of  these signs and decided to spray.