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Mar 30, 2017 10:10 AM CST
I have two blue aptos redwoods that have completely turned brown. I was thinking they died but are growing new needles. Is this something they do every year?

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 30, 2017 12:54 PM CST
They should never turn brown.
Where do you live, makes a diference.
Looks like there in pots. Are they ?
Big no no. Root-bound ! Cant take water up. Soak them in a tub of water, cut off dead stuff, and plant them in ground. Please 😁
I'm really surprised there still alive.
Poor guys 😬😬😬
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Mar 30, 2017 2:24 PM CST
They didn't get enough water this winter (what am I saying? We've had floods in the desert!). Luckily, redwoods are one of those trees that can look completely dead but then grow new needles and branches when they have enough moisture. Redwoods are water hogs.
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Mar 30, 2017 2:25 PM CST
No they are not in pots. I couldn't imagine someone even trying to put them in pots they are well over 15'. New growth is coming out on all the branches. Tree would be bear if I cut all the dead stuff.

Mar 30, 2017 2:50 PM CST
Thank you! for the information. I did not water as much in the winter. I live in southern New Mexico and we get really cold winters, being that this will be my first year with them I have a lot to learn. Ok so my next question at this point will I now over water them? How much water should they be getting? By the way thank you so much for the info.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Mar 30, 2017 2:59 PM CST
If you have well drained soil it should be ok, if the soil does not drain well they won't live anyway long term, the roots won't survive waterlogged soil. Some evergreens dry out from wind if they are not in a protected area and don't have enough moisture.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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Mar 30, 2017 3:11 PM CST
Welcome! Are you anywhere near Silver city?
Where I am, they would have good drainage, but some areas do have the clay.
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Sep 2, 2017 9:21 AM CST
Update: Does anyone know what's going to happen to my trees? The top part of the trees look like it completely dried up. Will it continue to grow? Will it eventually die?
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Sep 2, 2017 12:30 PM CST

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