Bonsai Training Information

Sequoiadendron giganteum
Giant Sequoia, Wellingtonia, Sierra Redwood

This giant of Trees is an extremely quick grower an is reputted to be the biggest trees with some specimens weighing over 2000 tons. It is long lived with coarse but sented leaves, the trees loves a constantly moist soil. While it will tolerate virtually all extremes it will not survive a drought.


Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Twin-trunk




Direct sun for at least a portion of the day will be necessary for vitality. In the peak of summer a position that is shaded during the hottest hours will be helpfull. Be careful when the temperatures get high.


With the giant sequoia, constantly moist soil is preferred. Unlike most species which like to dry out between waterings the sequoia prefers consistent moisture. The Sequoia will not loterate drought at all.


Feed every second week during the growing season. Use a balanced fertiliser.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

A very vigorous tree, continually pruning is required throughout the year.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Every second year for older plants, every year for younger plants as they grow very fast and can get root bound quickly. Repot in early spring or early autumn when weather is still warm. Use a fast draining soil 2 part akadama, 2 part pumice and 1 part sphagnum moss to help with moisture retention.


Bonsai shape is normally achieved with just clip and grow as it is a fast growing species, but wiring can be done if canopy correction are required during warmer months of late spring and summer. Dont leave wire on for too long as it will scar the bark.


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