Redwood bonsai care
Redwood bonsai: Very fast-growing, extremely hardy ✅ Easy care + Good beginner tree ✅ Care and design instructions ✅
The Dawn redwood is very popular as a bonsai. And rightly so. The care of Metasequoia bonsai is simple. This bonsai tree species grows very fast (>1m per year), reaches heights up to 30m and tolerates pruning very well. A redwood is an outdoor bonsai and is ideal for beginners.
As fast-growing trees Metasequoia bonsai need plenty of fertilizer during the growing season. If you gives very nitrogenous fertilizers (e. g. Biogold, Hanagokoro) they shoot up literally. So you can quickly develop to quite good raw bonsai. When it comes to the design of finer branches, fertilizers should no longer be used quite as abundantly. Bonsai liquid fertilizers offered in the shop usually contain little nitrogen (approx. 3%). The dosage indicated on the bottles is very suitable for ready-made bonsai.
A redwood bonsai needs a lot of water in the sun and often has to be watered twice a day in midsummer. During the hot summertime you can put a Metasequoia bonsai on a drip tray filled with a little water. The slightly higher air humidity reduces the evaporation of the bonsai and thus the water requirement.
As an outdoor bonsai, the Dawn redwood must stand outside in summer. A full sunny location is well suited. In midsummer a semi-shade location is advantageous as the Chinese redwood needs a lot of water.
In winter, keep light and cold, but protected from drying out. An unheated foil tent, set up in the shade, is a good winter location - even at the lowest temperatures.
The roots of the Dawn redwood grow quickly and aggressively. Already after a few months the root tips look out of the drainage holes of the bonsai pots. Therefore, the Dawn redwood often has to be repotted with a strong root cut. Young trees after 1-2 years, older trees after 2-3 years.
Metasequoia prefers a moist to even wet bonsai soil with pH values 5-7. Akadama is very suitable, but also any other, well permeable but also water-storing bonsai soil.
Sequoia bonsai are extremely uncomplicated. They have no pests or diseases worth mentioning. So far we had only once damage by mouses in the winter quarters.
Redwood bonsai - Advantages for bonsai design
- Redwood bonsai are hardly infested by pests and have no significant diseases.
- Branches remain flexible for a long time. Thus one can bend also the branches of older Dawn redwood bonsai still well.
- The Redwood is absolutely hardy as a bonsai. We place our bonsai in winter in an unheated foil tent without any problems down to -15°C.
- Wounds close quickly and well. Without wound sealing paste.
- Rapid growth, also as bonsai, enables rapid building of bonsai from young plant
- Good cutting tolerance with extreme bud formation after pruning. Suitable for bonsai beginners. The bonsai care of Metaequoia bonsai is simple.
The use of bonsai wire for shaping is possible. The best time to wire a bonsai is in November after the leaf fall. Then the wire can remain on the bonsai until early summer. Then you should check every few weeks that the wire does not crush or grow in. This can happen quickly due to the strong growth of the trees. Often the wire has to be removed and sometimes it has to be put on again in the autumn.
The shoot tips of the fast growing Dawn redwood Bonsai must be drastically cut back 2-3 times a year to obtain a compact shape. A strong pruning of the Metasequoia Bonsai promotes a denser branching. New buds emerge everywhere. More than sometimes desired.
Most bonsai styles are possible, with the exception of the broom shape. This species is particularly suitable for strictly upright shapes (natural growth habit). Also free upright looks good. With Metasequoia young plants group of trees (forest form) can be realized quickly.
The Dawn redwood (also Chinese redwood, botanically Metasequoia glyptostroboides, cypress family - Cupressaceae) has existed on earth for many millions of years. It is a living fossil and was considered extinct. In 1941 the first living trees were rediscovered in China. It'll live to 400 years.
The Chinese redwood is deciduous, i. e. the needle-shaped leaves fall off in autumn together with the short shoots. Before that, the lush green pinnate leaves turn golden yellow.
Redwood Bonsai - Pictures
Stock of Metasequoia bonsai in the bonsai nursery Wenddorf
Employee of our bonsai nursery Wenddorf when pruning Metasequoia bonsai
Bonsai nursery in China, which i.a. also produces Metasequoia bonsai
Selection of bonsai directly by us in Asia. In the foreground Podocarpus bonsai
Bonsai - Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
My Sequoia bonsai drops the needles - What can I do ?
The Dawn redwood (Metasequoia) is one of the few coniferous bonsai that naturally let fall down the needles and smaller shoots in autumn. Then the Dawn redwood goes into hibernation and sprouts out strongly in spring again.
That if your Metasequoia bonsai drops the needles in autumn this is completely normal and no cause for concern.
A sequoia bonsai needs a lot of water. In midsummer, on hot days, it may happen that the bonsai soil dries out completely if not poured in time. Then the needles quickly dry up too. But a Dawn redwood bonsai tree quickly compensates for this with its stormy growth. Just water the bonsai well and wait a few weeks. In most cases, it quickly replaces the dried up shoots.