Happy 2017!! Lets make this a great year!
A few weeks ago my local Bonsai club had it's annual winter picnic. At this winter picnic, there was a new species of tree I had never tried to grow before. At first I thought it was a different kind of cypress but after asking around the club I found out it was a Dawn Redwood.
I found out this tree was donated by Adam of AdamAskWhy.com and has been growing it for a few years. As you will see later in the post it looks airlayered but Adam informed me it isn't. He told me his friend Nick Alpin got the seeds online and planted them. At the time Nick was playing around with a bunch of seeds and became too successful with them so he ended up giving a bunch to Adam.
Here is some info about the Dawn Redwood. This species of tree is deciduous, meaning it goes to sleep for the winter. This is one of 3 kinds of Redwoods. This particular one (Dawn) is native to China. Dawn Redwoods are fast growing trees.
First things first, time to defoliate the tree to make it go to sleep for the winter so I can successfully repot it without it dying.
When repotting a Dawn Redwood and it hasn't dropped it's leaves yet, you have to cut the whole compound leaf off. Here is the bare tree without any leaves
Now it's time to take the tree out of the pot.
The soil is so bad I have to hose it all off.
Now lets see what those roots look like
Wow! Look at those roots!
Remember at the beginning when I said it looked like an airlayer and we would talk about it later? Well here is the later. If you can see, there is 2 sections of roots. From the inbetween area to the bottom is where there could have been the airlayer materials. The tree doesn't appear to have a tap root either.
Now I'll clean up the roots
Ahhh, a lot better. But what is that I see? An interesting base?
Look at that! That makes a straight trunk more interesting!
Time to pot it!
I am going to put it in an even bigger pot to really let it grow wild. I will put it in a 3 gallon pot.
I put it in the pot with 50/50 potting soil and perlite mix.
Here is the final tree
I left it tall for it to grow and I straightened it in the pot because of the nice base. I will watch this tree in the coming weeks to see when it pops out and post an update when that happens.
See everyone next time!
Ben jamin Lorber
I LOVE Bonsai!! I have participated in many styling competitions and have even won! I have also displayed many trees in many exhibits!
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