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Giant California Redwoods ( Bonsai Style )

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While on a trip at California several years ago I had the opportunity to visit many places such as Alcatraz,The Golden Gate Bridge and Muir Woods National Park just to name a few. To create a unique memento from that trip along with my interest in creating a bonsai I decided to combine the two, this idea and project was several years in the making. All that is left to do now is water, fertilize and watch it grow with some occasional pruning.
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D Pictures (1 month ago)
Great intro mate. But I just can't comprehend why you would want to bonsai the largest growing tree on the planet? If in the ground these beauties would be so much bigger. As soon as you let them go they'll explode into growth! It would definitely put a hole in your carbon emissions!
Jeffery Rusnock (1 month ago)
D Pictures Hey there D Pictures how is it going my friend? Unfortunately I live in a region that is just too cold to plant these trees around here and survive the harsh winters. So I have to keep them in pots and containers and winter them over indoors, while hopefully still punching a small hole in the carbon emissions...LoL. Thanks so much for watching and your awesome comment it was really great hearing from you! Take care and hopefully talk again soon.~ Jeff
Michael Damico (3 months ago)
Really good video, and funny ending! I'm a SoCal native...great intro song too! We just got back from a road trip up north just to see the trees with the fall colors and I came back with the idea to try a redwood in my indoor garden.. Your video has inspired me to go for it. I'll let you know how it goes :)
Jeffery Rusnock (3 months ago)
Michael Damico Hello Michael, It’s fantastic to hear from you this evening my friend! Thank you so much for all your very kind words I really appreciate them. I am very envious that you’re from Southern California, I loved visiting and would really like to get back again. The trees around here are coming into full colors but I also hate what comes afterwards.... SNOW ! ❄️ I’m so glad to hear your planning to try one, that fantastic, please do keep in touch and definitely let me know how the project turns out. Thanks for watching and taking a few minutes to leave me your wonderful comment as well. Take care and hopefully talk to you again soon! ~ Jeff
Krista Awesome (3 months ago)
I love living in Humboldt. I always say; when summer comes... it never does.... LOL They are amazing trees. Note: the bark can be irritating to the skin and cause allergic reactions in some... the burl sprouts are how it survives dying, like a succulent.. hens and chicks succulents are called sempervirens also ;)
Jeffery Rusnock (3 months ago)
Krista Awesome Hey there Krista, It’s Awesome to hear from you today! Humboldt ? Hmmm... I live very close to a place called Humboldt , maybe we’re neighbors. Spring around here is a rare season as well ...lol. I have a lot of Hens and Chicks growing around... never knew that they share the same name as my favorite trees ... interesting! Thanks so much for watching and spending a few minutes for leaving me your wonderful comment, hopefully I get a chance to talk to you again soon. Take care. ~ Jeff
DEploribus Unum (3 months ago)
Love it!!
Jeffery Rusnock (3 months ago)
DEploribus Unum Take you...and thanks for watching and your comment! Take care, ~ Jeff
Galahad (4 months ago)
I saw one on eBay one time.
Jeffery Rusnock (3 months ago)
Galahad The Jonsteen seed company is the place to check out for seed kits to all size trees.
Jeffery Rusnock (3 months ago)
DEploribus Unum The Coast Redwood definitely loves a moist environment but I don’t know about the Dawn Redwood... I’ve never owned one yet. The giant sequoia gets watered well until the soil begins to just look dry and I water it really well again. ~ Jeff
Galahad (3 months ago)
Jeffery Rusnock i saw one on eBay once and I thought I’d look if there was a video
Galahad (3 months ago)
I actually live in California. How would I buy a sapling
DEploribus Unum (3 months ago)
Jeffery Rusnock Do these trees like to be kept woist?
Vincent Hsia (8 months ago)
Nice Bonsai (盆裁)
Jeffery Rusnock (8 months ago)
Vincent Hsia Hello Vincent, Thank you so much my friend I glad you like it! Take care ~ Jeff
Woodslee Summercraft (8 months ago)
Great video, are these trees ok indoors? I'm planning on taking some cuttings of dawn redwood, if I put them in water do you think they will root? Southern Ontario Take care Rob
Jeffery Rusnock (8 months ago)
Woodslee Summercraft Hey there Rob , thanks so much for for the kind words and watching! My trees winter over inside for around seven months and do just fine but go back outside for the summer months.The Dawn Redwood is the only Redwood I don’t have so I can’t say with certainty if it will root but most cuttings well in time. Good luck with your project and please let me know how you make out. Take care ~ Jeff
JOAMON (1 year ago)
Hello, great video! I have been looking for a YouTube teacher on growing coast redwood tree as a bonsai. I fell in love with the giants when I visited Redwood Forest National Park back in July of 2017. I see that you did a fine job of growing the redwood tree and you even got seedlings from it. I would like to grow a redwood bonsai that could represent Hyperion. After some learning, I would also like to start growing a giant sequoia bonsai that could represents General Sherman. I am total novice when it comes to this. Anyways, I have some questions for you. I killed the first seedling from July purchase. I started second seedling in October. I don't know if I got right pot size, right kind of soil etc. Would it be okay to re-pot the seedling now and do everything right? And doing right would require what? I live near D.C. in Virginia. I would like to grow the tree indoor if that is okay. I thank you in advance for your response. ... NammaN
Woodslee Summercraft (8 months ago)
I was there in September 2017, amazing location
JOAMON (1 year ago)
Hey, Jeff! Wow, thanks for the quick reply. I think I am doing okay with 2nd one. You have reassured me that I am doing some of the stuff right. I would like to re-pot it so that roots are more horizontally spread. I don't know if I should wait or do it now??? BTW, I went looking through your videos. My first concert was Kiss and I too watched Star Wars at 14-15 when it first came out. You make me miss my old cassette, 8-track and vinyl collections :(. I think I will go through my parents house and see if I could find some of my collections. But you did give me an idea for my next series of videos. Again, thanks and I will be coming by often to see what you have in your collection. NammaN
Jeffery Rusnock (1 year ago)
NammaN the JOAMON Hello there NammaN, I just finished watching your video on how that pesky squirrel killed your Coast Redwood... ha ha! Seriously however its too bad about your tree, I just have to say that first I really only did this as a bonsai because my yard is also too small to grow these giants. I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination and only do this as a hobby but have had luck with both of my redwoods, the Coast and the Giant Sequoia and would be happy to share what works for me with you. I do keep my trees outside in the warmer weather and keep them in the house to winter over for the colder months . The Coast Redwood soil I use is Miracle Grow potting soil and while outside it gets watered twice a day since they tend to prefer a moist environment including a water spraying to the needles a few times a week since they also take in moisture that way. While indoors I still water the Coast Redwood once a day and try keeping the soil from drying out. My three sprouts I planted last month are still doing very well as a bonsai by following the guidelines I just mentioned for my larger one and I’m hoping it will help you out with yours as well. Please keep in touch and let me know how you make out with your new Coast Redwood bonsai, I would love to hear back from you anytime. Take care and hopefully talk to you again.~ Jeff
Hey, where you been? You must have been busy for the past month, as I did a video everyday, and I didnt see a single comment from you. I hope all is well my friend.
Jeffery Rusnock (1 year ago)
smfcpthowdy Hey John, I apologize for being so low key as of late but I assure you I’ve been watching your videos along with as many of everyone else’s as possible and your absolutely correct in both counts . I think Scott’s question video of yours was my last comment I left you and I have been very, very busy at work and home which has even left me with little time even to do as many videos as I would like to do. Looking forward to Christmas vacation soon from work at the plant and some rest and relaxation so I can spend more time in the vinyl community chatting with friends such as yourself instead of just watching everyone’s terrific videos. Hopefully everything is going well with you and your family and hope you all geared up for the holidays, thanks so much for checking in and your well wishes and genuine concern , you have been more than a great friend over the past several years . Take care and will definitely be taking to you again soon. ~ Jeff
Backwoods Metal (1 year ago)
Very cool video,Jeff.Very informative.So good to see a video from you.Enjoy your weekend.Take care. Jered
Jeffery Rusnock (1 year ago)
Backwoods Metal Hey Jered great hearing from you buddy, glad you enjoyed the video and hearing about the redwoods . I appreciate you taking time to watch and leave me a comment, I always enjoy getting a chance to talk to you. Take care and have a great weekend too my friend. ~ Jeff
Loved the intro. You nailed the song perfectly. I remember being so attached to my boombox that my fingers could tune in the worst reception stations. I sincerely believe that there in an art to fine tuning. I know for sure that your fingers have the art mastered after seeing the intro. > Now if my memory serves me well, the vocalist for this song is Albert Hammond. I remember the 7" single to it well. It was on the Epic label and it was a black picture sleeve with a photo of him on the cover. This came out when I was still a teen I believe.> Well hello there Jeff. Great to see a new video popping up with your name on it. Southern California is just beautiful. My dream is to retire out there. Preferably La Jolla. So glad to hear that you went out there and had a lot of fun along with mementos and fond also memories. Now did you have any knowledge of these trees before you went out there? You may be the only one in your neighborhood to have these beautiful trees in your yard. I really love the way you set up the Bonsai trees in the shallow container. Now I am a bit confused Jeff. I thought that the name of the tree itself was called Bonsai. Or is it any kind of small tree that you plant in a shallow container? I loved the way that came out. Your groundskeeper is the coolest. I already told you how I loved the intro. But I also loved the way you did the ending. You always do something clever with the camera in all of your videos. That was so much fun and also educational to watch. It pleases me immensely to see you with these hobbies. To see that this makes you happy is what it is all about. Thanks for sharing it and have a wonderful weekend Brother Jeff~ Rob/Boston
Krista Awesome (3 months ago)
fine tuning... lol brought me back to my first second base! HAHAHAHAHA!
Jeffery Rusnock (1 year ago)
Paneeks1960 {Rob/Boston} Hello Rob, several things I need to address to your amazing and wonderful comment. First thing is thank you so much for taking so much time out of your evening to not only watch but to spend what I’m sure was a fair amount of time on this comment . Next thing is your absolutely correct on analog tuner is so much better (and more fun )than digital tuners and is definitely an art . Third Albert Hammond was the artist used for the intro from around 1972 or 1973 so kudos to you for knowing your 70’s music , I only knew of the redwoods by reputation but was quickly educated and immediately fascinated with the amazing size of these majestic giants and just knew I was going to be the only one in the city with two of the three types of redwoods once I visited the gift shop and saw them for sale and the wheels began to spin. You are correct by calling them a bonsai but bonsai means planting in shallow containers no matter what you decide to plant in it . I’m so pleased to hear you enjoyed the way the bonsai redwood trees turned out. As far as the end of the video ... well it was a last minute idea . If your interested in one of the new sprouts at the base of the tree I would be happy to try to send you one when they are ready. So good hearing from you my friend and hopefully get a chance to see you in a holiday video . Until next time Rob take care and talk to you soon.~ Jeff
Helmet Digy (1 year ago)
Nice work Daniel son ! We've been to Muir a lot , last time was a couple years back with the kids . We actually received a red wood as a gift when we were out there visiting family . When I got it home I put it in water and a ton of gold flakes dropped down to the bottom , so awesome! We separated all the gold and put it with other gold that we panned out of a local river . Unfortunately the tree crapped out , maybe we will try it again . I'd love to visit your toilet some time and check out the trees! You should set the pot up like the photos of kiss in the Japanese gardens in 77 ! Take care , great to see you again .
Jeffery Rusnock (1 year ago)
Helmet Digy Hey Bill, I was there twice the last time was around six years ago and I loved seeing it even more than the first time . You will have to email me your address at [email protected] and I’ll work on packaging to make sure it arrives to you in one piece. Take care buddy and talk to you soon.
Helmet Digy (1 year ago)
Hell yeah ! I'd love a sprout ! When did you go to San Fran ? That's our favorite area of the world I think , that whole coast really.
Jeffery Rusnock (1 year ago)
Helmet Digy Hey Bill how are you doing buddy ? Wax on, wax off, fantastic to hear from you and awesome to hear you visited Muir Woods some years ago as well, I wonder if I walked right past you and didn’t even recognize you since it was before we met and became friends. Too bad about the tree 🌲 not making it , however I hope you still have all your gold. You are always more than welcome to visit the toilet and check out the trees any time unfortunately no gold flakes in these trees lol and I’ll have to work on the Kiss planter ... that idea is well ... Hotter Than Hell. I’ll have to get your contact info and send you a new Redwood my sprouts in the pot are getting bigger and may need a good home when ready, that is if you have room on the back of your toilet ha,ha. Take care and thanks for watching. Talk to you soon.
CineBrosSupreme (1 year ago)
Jeff! I just watched this with my wife, and we were both fascinated! I learned so much here that I didn't know! A tree that can grow up to 40 feet in diameter?? WOW!! Very well done sir, keep these educational videos coming, haha! And the location at the end - BRILLIANT!! Take care my friend, hope you have a fantastic weekend! Cheers! -Jex
Jeffery Rusnock (1 year ago)
CineBrosSupreme Hey there Jex I’m blown away that you talked your wife into watching too, you didn’t have her tied to the chair so she couldn’t run away did you? Lol Yes 40 feet, big enough to drive cars thru ... absolutely amazing to see these giants up close and in person, a real sight to behold and one you’ll never forget. Glad to hear you liked the sunny 😎 location, (I don’t know about brilliant however... ) in the famous words of Jonny Five from the movie Short Circuit ... ABOVE AVERAGE at best ha,ha. Thanks so much for watching to both you and your wife ( who you’ve hopefully untied by now ) and as always those great words of encouragement on the video, always too kind. Take care my friend and hopefully see you in an upcoming Christmas video ! ~ Jeff
Corey's 2 Channel (1 year ago)
OHHH Bonsai not Banzai. I got it lol enjoyed the change of pace. I've wanted one of these since Karate Kid. Should look good in the music room, I've wanted to do something with air plants around the turntable. PS amazing workshop!! I'd stand there and gape. I can hear Clint Eastwood from Gran Torino telling the green kid "any idiot can see these tools are accumulated over a long period of time."
Jeffery Rusnock (1 year ago)
Corey's VC Channel Hey there Corey, Thanks for the high praise on both the video and work shop, I really think everyone thought about getting a bonsai after Karate Kid along with karate lessons lol. Gran Torino now there’s a movie I need to watch again... so good! I appreciate the kind words and taking time to watch a video unrelated this time to music, except for the background music lol. Take care and talk soon.~ Jeff

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