California Redwood

On August 5th, 2013 I received a present. A very cute Coastal Redwood (Sequoia Sempervirens). 001 004 003

I planted it temporarily in a 2 liter bottle. I didn’t have a pot ready to use, and I didn’t want the little guy to wait too long to get his roots into some soil.

August 5,2013 - Redwood seedling planted in a cut bottle.

August 5,2013 – Redwood seedling planted in a cut bottle.

I left him in the bottle for a few months. I put some moss around on top of the soil to prevent it from drying out. In September it was already putting out new growth.

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In December I was able to re-pot into a larger pot.

New Pot form my Sequoia

New Pot for my Sequoia

I took some new pictures this morning. It has new growth and almost looks like it has 3 trunks.

Sequoia in spring.

Sequoia in spring.

This little guy came from Jonsteen Company. They have a wide selection of baby redwoods. I have been so pleased with this company, and the trees that I gifted my very beautiful cousin one for her wedding. I got for her a Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum).

The wedding tree.

The wedding tree.

Wedding Present for my Cousin.

Wedding Present for my Cousin.

The theme of the wedding was burlap and lace. Here is the tree and the calligraphy I did to commemorate the event.

A friend, Janet, helped me with the matting and frame. The sapling flew to the east coast for the wedding, in my carry on.

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Wedding tree, potted.

 

My own little giant redwood

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The coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) is one of the most magnificent trees. It has the potential to grow into the tallest tree in the world. This tree is also called California Redwood and Giant Redwood. This tree is on the endangered list, and has a limited range in which it is still growing natively.

I found it interesting that the temperate rainforest that was the original home of this tree is said to have stretched from coast to coast here in the US. Climate changes as well as other changes in the land has diminished this forest to a small part of California.

001There are nursery’s here in California that grow seedlings of this great tree. There is also a website that I found once, and seem to not be able to find again, that had pictures of these trees around the world. Places people have brought these trees to plant in the ground, or even as a potted plant.

I have been gifted with a sapling. Due to the fact I am in such a small space, and do not have a 1-5 gallon pot available now, I have potted it temporarily in a 2 liter bottle.

 

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This tree is something I feel would look good in any garden. In a pot, of if you have the luck of space, planted in the ground. I am hoping this year I can make the gift of this tree to family members.

There are websites that allow you to order this tree. If you have the space for a 5 gallon pot in your home, deck, porch, yard, please order one of these gentle giants, and try your hand at preventing it from disappearing forever.

*Update:

My temporary ‘pot’ was quickly out grown. I was given this lovely pot to replant the seedling in. It is looking great on my deck.

New Pot for my Sequoia