Japanese Cedar – Cryptomeria japonica – SET OF 5 live seedlings – Great bonsai

March 18, 2020 - Comment

LeBeau Bamboo NurseryGrower of 500+ varieties!Inspected and licensed by the Oregon Department of AgricultureCombined shipping for multiple plant ordersShipping is $8.49 plus 50 cents for each additional plant (listings for bundles qualify as a single plant)→ Find More Plant Varieties For Discounted ShippingPlanting and early care instructions sent with each order.Cryptomeria japonica – Japanese Red

LeBeau Bamboo NurseryGrower of 500+ varieties!Inspected and licensed by the Oregon Department of AgricultureCombined shipping for multiple plant ordersShipping is $8.49 plus 50 cents for each additional plant (listings for bundles qualify as a single plant)→ Find More Plant Varieties For Discounted ShippingPlanting and early care instructions sent with each order.Cryptomeria japonica – Japanese Red CedarAverage Height: 40 feet in most landscapes Hardiness: Zones 5-9 Aspect: Sun or part shade Plant Spacing: 15-20′ apartDeer Resistance: 4/5 – deer cause very little damage but occasionally nip at the growing tips during the winter Leaves: evergreenGrowth Rate: fast growingWater: medium watering for best resultsCommon Names: also often referred to as “Japanese Redwood” We always refer to Japanese Red Cedars as Japan’s equivilant to our native Redwood species. Japanese Red Cedars grow very quickly and form very thick trunks on older trees that look very similar to California Redwoods. They are very easy to grow and require almost no maintenance but need space to grow when planted in the ground. The branches are layered into shelves with drooping tips that give young trees a very unique look, especially given their unusual foliage. Japanese Red Cedar are extremely popular for bonsai and are very easy to work with because they have a large number of dormant buds on their branches that make selective pruning easier. They also produce a thick trunk quickly and their short needles yield fast results. There are hundreds of varieties of Japanese Red Cedar including some very interesting forms such, as Elegans which grows in large plumes and Golden Promise which features butter-yellow foliage and grows to only a foot or two tall. Caring for Cryptomeria japonicaVery little pruning or shaping is required, but you can lightly prune plants each year to encourage a specific shape. Fertilize in the spring with a slow release pellet, we like to use Osmocote Plus 20-10-10. You can double the growth rate by providing well drained soil and a slow release fertilizer compared to plants in poor soil with no fertilizer. Avoid over watering Cryptomeria; although they can handle moist conditions they do best when the soil is allowed to dry out a little bit between watering. An ancient Japanese Red Cedar with thick branches Source: Commons A Japanese Red Cedar that looks very similar to many California Coast Redwoods Source: Commons The unusual tropical-looking foliage Source: Commons Young trees growing in their native range Source: Commons A native forest of Japanese Red Cedar Source: Commons A pathway through a forest of Japanese Red Cedar Source: Commons Clumps of dense foliage on large Japanese Red CedarSource: Commons A widely-branched Japanese Red Cedar Source: Commons An exceptionally tall Japanese Red Cedar Source: Commons Typical small plug size (fall 2019 crop) Close up of the foliage on a young treeHow Your Plants Are ShippedWoody and perennial plants are usually shipped by removing the plant from its container and washing the soil away. They are then bundled together and wrapped in wet paper and plastic to keep the roots moist but the tops dry to prevent rot. Plants that grow from tubers, rhizomes, crowns, and bulbs like Dahlias, Grasses, Ferns, Daylilies, and Peonies are often pruned back and sent padded in a bag full of sawdust. Typically these plants are available only for dormant shipping in late fall, winter, or early spring but a few species are available for summer shipping as well. After the roots are washed of soil, the bundles look like this. Pictured are 10 Giant Coast Redwood in the 1 gallon size. Late in the season, these plants are often 3 feet tall! In this picture, the roots are 8 inches long. The bundle of plants is wrapped in paper to pad the roots from damage and keep them moist. For large plants, paper shreds are added to fill in gaps in the larger root structure. The bundles are soaked in water and then bagged. The top of the bag is taped shut and the tops of the plant are left dry. Your plants will be placed into tight fitting boxes to prevent the plants from shifting around during transit. They will also be secured to the bottom of the box with a piece of tape. Then they are ready to go!Bamboo Plants Are Shipped In Their Container – Will be sent either UPS or USPS depending on plant sizesPlants that are shipped in their containers have their container wrapped in plastic to keep the soil from falling away and are then strapped to the bottom of the box. This prevents the plants from moving around even if the boxes are dropped or turned upside down. One gallon bamboo plants boxed, strapped, and ready to be sealed. Our most common boxes fit 8, 12, and 17 plants tight and snug. Smaller boxes also fit one or two plants tight and snug.Bamboo plants are shipped in their container because they don’t like root disturbance and bare root shipping would cause a lot of damage. Most other plants do just fine with bare root shipping because their roots are more flexible and less likely to break during transit. Small sized plants, usually in one and two gallon containers, can be shipped during the active growing season while larger plants are delayed until they are dormant in the fall and are shipped until spring.Plant GuaranteeWe have many years of experience shipping plants and have fine-tuned our methods to ensure the highest success, but shipping anything across the county has challenges and this is especially true for plants. If any of your plants arrive damaged please contact us for replacements. Be sure to keep the original packaging as the it might need to be inspected by the Post Office.

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