I can't imagine you need to water it THAT much at this time of year. We kept it outside as it got colder. It is one of only a few deciduous conifers, meaning it sheds its leaves annually. You can make it work, but you will definitely need to think through your options for winter dormancy next year, assuming it makes through this one. The needles browned and fell off. My Dawn Redwood is dying! I posted this last week as a comment in the weekly beginners post and it received little attention. Generally, a potted tree is considered a zone or two higher than one in the ground, so you potentially have a zone 7 tree in a 4b climate. Also there is a spider that built a web in the branches. User account menu. Dawn redwoods are native to central China. Please help! I say leave it inside and pray it makes it till April. But I concur with others that too much sun seems like a likely culprit. log in sign up. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, GR Michigan 6a, 30+ trees in varying stages, SF Bay Area, zone 10a, intermediate, 100ish non-seedlings, Slovakia 7a-7b, bunch of sticks in pots and garden. Press J to jump to the feed. We kept it outside as it got colder. My gut says that one week of missed fertilizing can't be responsible for this but maybe it is. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. This Dawn Redwood was purchased last October with full, bright green, needles. Posted by. I water it once a day, but maybe I should be watering twice? Why did the moss die? Focussing on styling bonsai, showing member's trees, bonsai care and general help. Dawn Redwoods are fast growing trees. When it got really cold, we covered it. "Help! Bonsai - Redwood's Dying Yellow Foliage Issue Solved - YouTube For future trees, you may want to consider trees that more naturally grow in your environment. I think your burning it with nutrients. Bonsai trees and associated plants. Dawn Redwood is often confused with baldcypress. joe, northern indiana zone 5, beginner, 10 trees. She fertilized it twice in a month with what she believes to be the proper amount but we think we may have done it at a higher frequency than we should've. Unfortunately, we get cries for help quite often on our forums. My Bonsai tree is dying!" Focussing on styling bonsai, showing member's trees, bonsai care and general help. So we created a how-to guide on reviving a dying Bonsai. 5. Go see what they sell in your local garden centers - that's usually helpful. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Reduced or no fertilizer when it’s being introduced into a new environment, mine were likely kept in shade or greenhouse and received sunscald initially, had to slowly introduce them into more sun. Agree with this, I have several Dawns. Press J to jump to the feed. They seem to be enjoying it, new growth and all, with nothing else changed, so that was likely sunburn - but it looked different to yours, the leaves turned brown, they didn't yellow and didn't dry, so it's probably something else. You don’t need to fertilize that much. It was warm indoors - it got fooled into action. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. We've since put it back outside as the temp has gotten above freezing. Now the needles have started curling up and browning. You brought it indoors mid winter? I'm very new to bonsai so I still have lots to learn. Stop fertilizing. Dawn Redwood Bonsai Tree, scientific name Metasequoia glyptostroboides, is a very cold hardy tree that can tolerate freezing temperatures down to -20F.Thought to be extinct, but re-discovered in the 1940’s. It's getting pretty hot here in VA so I thought maybe it was cooking too much and put it in full shade. I had to put both my dawn redwoods into almost full shade because they started browning. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. EDIT: re-read your post and looked closer at the picture. It was getting direct sunlight all day until about 4pm. Like Lucy said, you may have a root problem now, and … It's too much fertilizer if anything. First things first, time to defoliate the tree to make it go to sleep for the winter so I can successfully repot it without it dying. It grieves me that I should lose this tree. The soil and pot are still the same. What's the soil like? Soon after it started to sprout and grow nice green needles. Bonsai trees and associated plants. If it survives I would go find a somewhat protected spot and mulch it in. As a landscape tree, they tolerate wet situations and can survive long periods of time in standing water. I'm in zone 8 (much warmer than yours) and mine have barely started to have their buds swell... which leads me to believe yours shouldn't even have leaves yet. Some of the limbs are black and flaky. Or if it comes back out of it I would plant it with a flat stone under it right in the ground. I don’t think all is lost. Definitely not. It seemed like it was going for insects so I figured it wasn't harmful but I'm also not sure about that. VA 7a, beginner, 4 trees 1 month ago. I'm in zone 5b northern Indiana and they are very hardy here they should be fine where you are as well. Sounds like you woke it up early... best not to fertilize during dormancy as well. r/Bonsai. I’d suggest removing the stressed leaves/branches, keeping it in the shade, and slowly introducing the tree back to full(ish) sunlight once growth resumes. u/heatonandy. and PUT IT OUTSIDE :D. unless you've still got negative temperatures during the day it should be able to handle it. The soil and pot are still the same. When repotting a Dawn Redwood and it hasn't dropped it's leaves yet, you have to cut the whole compound leaf off. It might be a clue. I got this tree at the Potomac bonsai festival at the National Arboretum last month and it has been my favorite tree. OP says temps now can get to -30f. it will probably take it a while to recover, so I'd say don't try to do anything to it but keep it alive over summer. I'd say stop fertilizing it, water it regularly so the soil is moist, but not wet. Put it in full shade and keep it well watered in summer. We water the roots about every other day and we mist it daily. These trees grow in standing water so ounce it gets established you can't water it enough. Larch and ginkgo would probably be a lot more forgiving where you live, and easier to winter. it's normal for it to drop it's needles over winter. I'll take you through all the steps to rescue your bonsai. In mid January, we had extreme cold (minneapolis) and my girlfriend brought it inside.