I recently moved to San Francisco and picked up a hobby which I wanted to start for a long time: Bonsai!
I love nature and go hiking in the mountains as much as I can. Staring at trees is my favourite thing to do when I'm beaten down after multiple days of walking. I hope with Bonsai I can recreate some of these experiences at home.
I've started to accumulate some trees on which I will work on for the coming years (I hope!). One of the trees I'm the most excited about is a coastal redwood I got recently. I was hoping to get some tips on how to go further from the current state:
To be clear: I keep it outside in a very sunny spot, but for the pictures I took it inside :).
It's growing well and I think I need to thin it out a bit first. I do however want to make sure I don't ruin any potential branches that might be useful. The big branch in the middle seems to be dead, and around it's base a circle of new growth has formed, unfortunately these are all at the same height. I was hoping for a more alternating pattern. It also looks like at the nursery, they removed these sprouts regularly. There is one woody branch which I will use for the apex, and I am thinking about applying some wire to this branch soon to get some movement in it, but am a bit concerned to how it will look with the dead branch in front of it.
All suggestions are welcome!