Redwood/Giant Sequoia repotting?

Mr.Dr.K

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Hello. I was hoping i'd be able to get some advice on if now is too late to repot a Redwood or a Giant Sequoia. I'm hoping to stop by my local nursery within the next week and see if they have any young stock of one of the species. I have seen the Giant Sequoia there in the past with roots reaching through the drainage holes, signaling for a larger home, though the trees looked healthy at that time (last spring). If either-or is in stock, I'd like to grab one. I do not yet have a conifer to take care of. Curious on how well the two species takes root pruning or if slip-potting is recommended at 1st. If anything is in stock, they will likely be small trees—12" or so. I live in the Pacific Northwest. Currently it is Spring with highs in the 60's and some days reaching 70 and lows in the mid 40's.
 

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12”? You could water wash that little guy and plunk it in any good mix…..

Since the prospective tree is so small, just chop any tap root and up pot in a good nursery mix blended with fir bark with a drainage layer on bottom Alf a nursery pot.

Avoid bonsai mix at this stage, it will grow faster in a nursery mix. You’ll most be looking at successive up potting in this mix for 2-4 years depending on the ultimate trunk diameter you are seeking.

Mine are all about 1 1/4 dia in their 3rd year. All are getting ground layering treatment this year to get ready for next years potting in an actual bonsai pot.

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Mr.Dr.K

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12”? You could water wash that little guy and plunk it in any good mix…..

Since the prospective tree is so small, just chop any tap root and up pot in a good nursery mix blended with fir bark with a drainage layer on bottom Alf a nursery pot.

Avoid bonsai mix at this stage, it will grow faster in a nursery mix. You’ll most be looking at successive up potting in this mix for 2-4 years depending on the ultimate trunk diameter you are seeking.

Mine are all about 1 1/4 dia in their 3rd year. All are getting ground layering treatment this year to get ready for next years potting in an actual bonsai pot.

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Sweet! Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated. Hopefully I'll get a chance to get in there within the next week and score.
 

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Hmm…. Wow, That’s really nice way to ruin a saw!

Good illustration of the initial first steps of styling this guy, yet I think the only reason the author used a pot at this point is that he couldn’t make it stable in an Anderson type flat without a lot of work!

Anyways here’s a short, but decent progression/resource for sequoia

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