How does one encourage branching on coastal redwood pre-bonsai?

Hi all - happy Friday!

I just received 4 pre bonsai coastal redwoods. The main tree has plenty of branching and Ryan’s videos have been immensely helpful.

The other 3 trees were gifts and are younger. One has no branches, however it’s juuuuust starting to show fresh green growth in the middle of the trunk. Woo! The other two trees have between 2-4 branches.

My question is - how do I encourage new branching on these 3 trees? I’ve searched the Forum and Ryan’s videos, but haven’t found anything yet.

I’ve included a photo the 3 smaller trees. The tree heights are 7”, 10” and 11.5”. The 11.5” tree is a little thicker than a pencil and is the one just sprouting new growth in one spot.

I’d be grateful for any suggestions/advice about branch encouragement, and/or any other areas relating to getting pre bonsai coastal redwoods off to a great start! The timing seems great since we’re in late spring/early summer.

Hopefully my question(s) will also be useful for others who are also beginners.



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I do not have any personal experience with them but based upon the fact that they will produce a fair number of basal shoots I am thinking that if you get them growing strongly you will have more lower branches than you can use.