Mission Statement: My mission is to re-establish groves of Giant Sequoia trees sporadically across the eastern half of the United States. Giant Sequoia trees once 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. Due to careless logging practices, only 5 % of these magnificent trees remain in isolated groves in Western Range of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. I have chosen the sequoia giganticum species instead of the sequoia sempervirens (coastal redwood), as the latter has much more stringent temperature and moisture requirements. Eighty foot tall specimens of giant sequoias are currently thriving at the National Arboretum and at the east end of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. Over the past year I have successfully grown two foot tall Sequoia saplings from six inch seedlings. I envision borrowing the format that California has used to conserve their remaining redwood and giant sequoia tree groves; by establishing cooperatives on land managed by conservation groups, state and or national parks devoted exclusively to growing and preserving groves of giant sequoias in perpetuity.
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.
Setting up non profit 501 3C foundation, selecting board of directors, and endowments sequoia grove conservancies in perpetuity and conservation easements.
Marketing strategies for sustainable development of giant sequoia groves in your community:
- Kids planting trees for example the Eden Project
- Arboreal cemetery: trees are leased out as living gravestones for urns buried under them. (page 92 from Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben)