Mission Statement: Due to careless logging practices only 5 % of Giant Sequoia trees remain in their native habitat in the Western Range of the Sierra Nevada Mts. These trees grew abundantly across the North American continent in the days of the dinosaurs until epoch changing asteroid impacts and glaciation blasted and carved them away. My mission is to bring back these magnificent trees to segments of the North American continent that they used to inhabit. For starters I intend to grow some saplings and transplant them to establish groves sporadically across the eastern half of the US, such that more of the population can enjoy the grandeur of giant sequoia trees. I envision borrowing the format that California has used to conserve their groves by establishing cooperatives on land managed jointly by both state and national parks devoted exclusively to growing groves of giant sequoias, in perpetuity. I will focus my efforts on the sequoia giganticum species instead of the sequoia sempervirens (coastal redwood) as the latter has much more stringent temperature and moisture requirements.
How to plant 1-2 year old seedlings
Entry date 2/5/17
I received my 18 inch tall giant sequoia tree seedlings shipment in the mail from Jonsteen Trees in McKinley ,Ca. January 30,2017. They arrived in a bulk shipment bag of 25 trees: plump, beer can sized root plugs in rich California soil. I mixed 65% potting soil and 35% compacted peat moss and 5% vermiculite and planted each tree in 5 Gallon Grow Bag /Aeration Fabric Pots w/Handles. I gave them a good drink of water and set them up under two four foot long workbench, cool white, fluorescent light fixtures on my enclosed porch back porch, not climate controlled. My literature review revealed special grow lights are not needed, the wavelengths from these utility fluorescent fixtures work just fine.
Feb 2017 Today watered trees with 1-2 liters water each to achieve wet weight of 15 lbs from dry weight of 10 lbs. I set a reminder on my smartphone to water them every two weeks . From my readings on growing sequoia seedlings the biggest mistake you can make is too much watering. You must simulate what it is like out in the wild- periods of drought punctuated by deluge. You must resist the frequent light sprinkling of the tress while watering other flowers in the yard or garden. Let the soil go completely dry between good drinks of water for your sequoia saplings.
Rather than build or buy a greenhouse I have opted to keep my trees on an enclosed back porch which is highly shaded from summer heat and allows filtered light in the winter. The vinyl windows can readily opened or closed to allow cross ventilation and the enclosure protects the trees from high winds. I simply move the trees outside for watering every two weeks.
March 4,2017: this was the next watering since 2/7/17 It thunder stormed and rained about 1″ which gave my trees a nice drink of water. I will let them ride for a while again,being careful not to water-log them. They are better off on the dry side.
MAY 14, 2017 Staking lanky seedlings: GIANT SEQUOIAS SEEDLINGS DOING WELL JUST FERTILIZED WITH 1.5 TABLESPOONS OF OSMOLITE SLOW RELEASE FERTILIZER PER 5 GAL POT AND STAKED ALL TREES WITH TWO FOOT SECTIONS OF OF BAMBOO AND PLASTIC TIES.
Stay tuned for monthly installments on such topics as outlined below as well as follow progress on growth my sequoia saplings.
Outline for blog and preview of coming attractions in my blog for Growing Giant Sequoia trees:
⦁ how to germinate giant sequoia seeds
⦁ outreach marketing strategies for sustainable development of giant sequoia groves in your community
⦁ Kids planting trees for example the Eden Project
⦁ sequoia grove conservancies in perpetuity and conservation easements.
⦁ thoughts on re-establishing giant sequoia groves across the world
Ideas on paying for growing and preserving giant sequoia tree groves: (page 92 from Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben)
1. part of the grove preserve is used as an arboreal cemetery,where trees are leased out as living gravestones for urns buried under them. The dearly departed soul then emfols(empathetic foliation) and becomes one with the forest-mind as depicted in Midworld, by Alan Dean Foster
2. Another part of the preserve is leased to firms as their contribution to protecting the environment.