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« on: April 24, 2012, 05:43 PM »

I've found a new spot to collect Coast Redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  If anyone is interested, I'm planning a collecting trip for some time in the next 2-3 weeks.  There is a cost of $20 per tree you dig up for smaller trees (under 6 inch base) and $30 for larger trees.  Reply here or PM me if you want to join us.

Here's a link to some pics from my last trip a few years ago.

http://www.flickr.com//photos/cbobgo/sets/72157624178472736/show/

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 12:18 AM »

Nice pictures.... except for the goofy looking guy in the pink shirt.
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012, 12:32 AM »

and what's up with that ugly log he's carrying?  You should post a current pic so people can see how fast these come along.

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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012, 07:59 AM »

Damn it Bob!  Just when I was thinking I'd gotten adjusted to living in Chicago, now you post this and my desire to move back to the bay area is back!!  Again!!!  LOL!!  Looks like fun, Good Luck!

And I too would love to see how those trees have progressed...pics??
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 07:34 PM »

Man I'd love to come. It's a bit of a hike for me so I'll pass for now.
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2012, 01:45 AM »

Bob I'd sure like to see some pictures of Coastal's when you get them growing nicely.  I have one I have been mangling for a couple of years. I don't know what I am doing so I'm  not  sure what it will turn out like. I started with a five gallon tree form Home Dumpo. I cut the top and brought the highest branch up for a new apex. Then I cut a notch in the back to relieve  the stress point. I saw this some where but don't know if that was the correct way to do it. I next brought up the next branch now I have a pretty good taper but I am not sure how or if  it will ever look natural. I plan on splitting the trunk this next year to get even more of a flare at the base. Have you got any advice for me? My tree is about 3 1/2 feet tall and I don't want it any taller so I guess I will just have to pinch the top out each year.  Do you know of a web site or some where I can see some good pics of Coastal Redwoods. I live in Cupertino and I planted 13 Redwoods at the top of the hill in my back yard about 10 years ago.  I am pretty fond of them.
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2012, 01:04 AM »

My redwoods are not much to show off yet, as they are only a few years from being collected.  But here are a few links to some nice pics of other redwoods, mostly from REBS shows.

http://bonsaitonight.com/2009/09/14/rebs-26th-annual-show/#

http://dupuich.smugmug.com/Bonsai/Exhibits/REBS-29th-Annual-Show/25045459_WcwZvL/2052038004_rD9RG63#!i=2065543424&k=28xVH6p&lb=1&s=A

Search on here for posts about REBS (Redwood Empire Bonsai Society) and you will find more pics

If you post pics of your redwood, I'm sure you would get some good advice about it - it's hard to give you any specifics without seeing your tree.

- bob
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2012, 01:19 AM »

Here's a few more links from IBC

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t11248-redwood-empire-bonsai-society-annual-show-2012?highlight=redwood

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t7633-redwood-empire-bonsai-society-annual-show-2011?highlight=redwood

Here's Paul's collected 2 years back

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t8124-coast-redwood-yamadori?highlight=redwood

- bob
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2012, 01:23 AM »

By the way, since it's collecting season again, if anyone has any interest in collecting between now and June, let me know.

- bob
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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2012, 02:58 AM »

Thank you for the links Bob
When you collect , how big of a tree are you collecting and how big is the root ball ? Do you cut it to a more manegale size at location ?  If it has a large diameter trunk and it is cut to a certain height then do you grow a new apex or just go for a lightning strike look?
Even though I have always loved all types of tree, Redwoods just take my breath away.
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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2012, 01:01 PM »

did you look at the pictures in my original post?  It shows the trees we collected.  they are just stumps - no tops, very little in the way of roots.  The will re-grow both.

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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2012, 03:56 AM »

Since I can't figure out how to start a new subject I will post this here and I hope I am not putting this some where it should not be.
Coastal Redwood : how do you get the needles and nodes smaller and does anyone have a calender for working on them ?
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2012, 11:49 PM »

Don, you have to keep them pinched back pretty aggressively.  When new bundles of foliage start to push, you pinch out the tips before they harden off.  If you do this consistently, throughout the growing season, you will get dense back-budding.

As far as a calender - pruning/pinching any time throughout the growing season and root work pretty much any time during the rainy parts of fall/winter and spring here in Northern California.  I'm not sure exactly how that should be modified for other locations.

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Don Dunn
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« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2012, 03:19 AM »

Thank you Bob, that will get me going in the correct direction.
While we are on the subject of Redwood Bonsai I thought I would ask you to tell me a little about your collecting venture.  I am just felling this out a little as I am interested but not sure how difficult it would be for me.  What time do you go and for how long?  Do you have to hike far and when and where do you pay for the trees?  I am near 60 with some health issues and don't want to get in over my head. So for now just an inquiry.
Either way thanks for your help and information.
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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2013, 12:56 AM »

Don, the place I collect is up in the santa cruz mountains.  It is a fairly rough drive over some dirt roads, definitely 4-wheel drive country.  But once at the property, the trees are pretty easily accessible. I pay the owner of the property for the trees. 

They are relatively easy to collect, in that you don't have to worry about getting a big root-ball.  You just have to get them out of the ground, which does require a lot of digging and then cutting through some really bit roots.

If you are interested in going up there with me, let me know.

- bob
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