I have a young redwood from a cutting. It is about 8 years old and just this year looks like it is almost dead. It grew to almost 4 feet. We live in Delaware and bring it in every winter. It seems as if it may be waterlogged. Do you have any suggestions?
Water the container tree only when the soil has dried. Over watering can lead to root rot.
Lack of humidity can also be an issue for these trees.
It is recommended that these trees be planted out after 1 to 2 years of container growth.
Since your growing zone does not support year round growth of a Redwood Tree, you will need to continue to grow in a container.
The tree may have reached it's lifespan in a container and the lack of it's natural growing environment may too much stress for your tree.
Unfortunately the tree will eventually become too large for a container.
My 4 year old dawn redwood is dropping its leaves and branches are dying back. I have cleared grass from around trunk to find any signs of rot, "none found." Have looked for any signs of canker, "none found." Have sprayed tree with neem solution for any insect attack. The tree is growing in a western aspect in the backyard which receives full sun all day and is not protected from strong winds. The soil type is red clay granite with quartz, but when planted I dug hole 1m cubed and mixed good loam with the clay granite to improve structure. Do you have any solutions? Should I let it have another season to see if it improves? This is the first year the tree has not grown properly. Could it be caused by excessive temperatures we have experienced this summer (30-40 degs)? Kind regards Bruce Wilson
We have had a number of well established trees die this past year. After several years of drought we had an exceptionally wet winter. No hard freezing here. We have lost redwoods, poplar/cottonwoods, Italian cypress, willow, fig (black) and fig (white).All died seemingly spontaneously. The fig trees, now dead, are splitting open on the trunks and limbs.
These trees are dead - past "tracing".
The cracks were not caused by freezing- as in "frost cracks" and it is the trunks, so not "bark splitting" either.
This is likely caused by the fluctuation in the environmental conditions you mention.
Wounds should not be covered; there is a technique called tracing, that is explained in the links below.
You can also check with your County Extension Office, they may have specific care to your region.
The bark on my small redwood tree was torn off completely by a new dog, "ringing" it. What can I do?
That is terrible. Unfortunately, this usually means death for a tree. You might try grafting tape, but if it is ringed all the way around, then it is destroyed. That small layer beneath the bark is where the nutrients are transported, so if that is disrupted, then the tree will more than likely die.
Here is an article for more information:https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/how-to-fix-girdled-trees.htm
permanently stunted? I’m new to bonsai. I’ve read an introductory book and some online articles. My question involves a giant sequoia planting / sapling that I recently acquired that I’m considering turning into a bonsai after a year or two if that is the appropriate time frame - I have some additional research to do.
This question can be a little difficult to answer. The tree will bonsai well, but putting them in the ground after that long will have very unpredictable results.
Sometimes the tree will revert, slowly, to have normal growth. This tree will never resemble a normal tree after this point, though. It will shoot growth up in the most random places, and the tree may even attempt to replace itself by sending a new offshoot from the roots, and killing off the older bonsai.
In short, you can do this, but it will have very unpredictable results.
This collection of articles will help you in your research: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/bonsai
Hi BushDoctor, thanks very much for your clear and concise answer as well as the links to additional resources - I really appreciate it!! I understand the uncertainty aspect completely. Best,
I have six redwood trees in my yard and have various shrubs & ferns planted beneath them. Should I clean out the droppings from the trees or leave them for ground cover?
Redwood needles provide perfect mulch for the tree. You can leave it there or rake it up for another location.
I have 6 Redwoods in my yard and have various shrubs and ferns planted beneath and around them. The trees drop lots of needles, small branch endings, etc. Should I remove them or leave them for ground cover/mulch?
The needles make excellent mulch, so it can be left.