I know that this interests several people and that one day maybe we’ll get a live stream on some proper material. Until then I thought it would be cool to get a design/maintenance thread going and theorizing on how we can make a natural and mature looking giant sequoia.
The weird thing is they don’t really look old when they’re ancient, kinda bushy actually. I’ve noticed they have that young conifer look starting out, then that typical branches down from the shoulder as they approach a middle age and then they seem to loose most of the lower branches, keep several of the top branches and several of those are about half the size of the trunk and first move upwards from the trunk. Not sure if this would be possible to replicate in a bonsai but I got a sapling a few years ago and I am just going to experiment with it.
First thing after repotting a couple years ago was to stick it into modern substrate (almost pure pumice, zeolit, diatomaceous earth and some organic) to fatten it up, choose some structure style it like a middle aged Sequoiadendron to have some solar panels and go from there.
What are your thoughts on this species? I feel they actually react a little bit like junipers, pinch a lot back and they sort of go downhill and through out new growth at the trunk - the new growth at the trunk after heavy reduction does seem to occur with the redwoods as well and this was mentioned in the last redwood stream by Ryan.
Here’s to a start, I’m sure many on here have more interesting and larger specimens. Not much on the internet and the 2 nice examples that I found just seem to lack that last piece of the puzzle, how to refine it and not have it be continually bushy.