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How to Care for Potted Sequoia Trees

By Jason M. Bruner ; Updated September 21, 2017
Sequoia trees are the tallest trees in the world.

Sequoiadendrons, also known as sequoia trees, have been around for over 200 million years. Dating back to the Triassic period, these trees have not lost any of their amazing size and beauty. If your lawn has room for these mammoth trees that can grow 3 to 5 feet in height per year and can have a branch span of 35 to 40 feet, you can easily start them in pots, and then allow them to begin their amazing journey of growth in your own backyard.

Plant the sequoia tree sapling in a large planting container filled with moisture retaining potting soil that is at least 12 inches across. Ensure the planting container has plenty holes for proper water drainage.

Place the planting container outdoors in an area where the sapling will receive full sun for at least 8 hours per day.

Water the sequoia tree sapling after planting, and as needed or when the planting soil becomes dry to the touch. Keep the soil moist around the sapling. Trees require much more water than basic shrubs and plants.

Fertilize the sequoia tree monthly using a fertilizer designed for large shrubs and trees. You can purchase tree and shrub fertilizer at your local garden specialty store.

Prune the potted sequoia tree as needed to relieve the tree of any dead or diseased branched. If pruning becomes necessary, make your cut where the dead or diseased branch joins the main trunk of the tree.


Things You Will Need

  • Sequoia tree sapling
  • Large planting container with drainage holes
  • Moisture retaining potting soil
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


  • Bring the potted sequoia tree indoors during heavy storms or high winds that could easily damage the sapling.
  • Pest prevention is rarely needed with sequoia trees. Hardwood trees, such as the sequoia tree, can easily stand up to pests and disease without suffering any damage.

About the Author


Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on various websites.