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How To Care For Your Redwood Bonsai Tree

How To Care For Your Redwood Bonsai Tree

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Dawn Redwood Bonsai Care

About The Dawn Redwood Bonsai Tree

The Dawn Redwood is a fast growing bonsai tree that's important for cultivation as its critically endangered.

Its native to Manchuria China, where the local villagers refer to it as Shui-sa, or "water fir."

The dawn redwood is a true redwood, like the famous ones in California.

The difference between the dawn redwood and a California redwood is foliage is more lace-like on the Dawn, and its also deciduous -- meaning it will lose it's leaf like a Maple tree in the fall.

This bonsai will produce small cones in the early spring, making for a unique site in your bonsai collection.



The Redwood, like most bonsai trees, will die if it dries out.  It enjoys plenty of water in well draining soil. Never let it dry out completely.


The Redwood is not a picky bonsai tree when it comes to humidity.  Whatever it is outdoors is probably just fine.


Since your Redwood bonsai is in a small pot, and not the ground, it needs nutrients.  A slow release (pellet based) fertilizer is perfect for this, and can be added sparingly every 1-2 months during the growing season.

Pruning & Trimming

Trim back the new growth to the farthest safe point that looks good to you — but never remove all of the new growth.

A regular trim will help keep your Redwood bonsai tree short, while helping the trunk grow thicker.


Repotting must be performed periodically on your bonsai, Redwood included, when its root system has filled the pot.  If you can clearly see the roots coming out of the bottom of the pot, it’s time to repot your bonsai.

Generally, this means every 2-3 years for a deciduous tree and every 4-5 years for an evergreen.  Dawn Redwood's, being deciduous,  will need to be repotted around every 2-3 years depending on its environment.

Repotting should be done in mid-summer, when the tree is at it’s least fragile state.

Your Redwood bonsai, along with all of its soil, should be removed from the pot.  From there, you can trim away no more than 1/3rd of the root mass (1/4th is preferred.) 

Then you can repot the tree in the same pot, or give it a newer / bigger pot to thrive in.

After repotting, your bonsai Redwood should be thoroughly watered.

Diseases, Insects & Other Pests

Your Redwood bonsai can be treated for pests like a normal Redwood tree.  Just remember, your tree is miniature and will need a much smaller and more gentile dose of treatment.

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