Final 2020 batch of Giant Redwoods

This will be our last batch of Giant Redwoods to germinate this year. As always, we will be using our own seed lots that we sell in our shop.

It’s also a first. A first attempt at sowing the seeds directly into 15cm deep root trainers.

The plan is the trees that germinate can stay in their individual trays for about two years. Sequoiadendron giganteum hates root disturbance so not moving these trees at all should increase survival rates hugely.

It does mean we waste space if some seeds don’t germinate or some trees die in the first few months, however I think the pros of not disturbing the roots will far out weight the cons of the wasted space.

Redwood Seedlings
Redwood Seedlings
Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Seedlings

Previously we’ve expected about 30% success rate for the first year with the traditional tray germination methods shown here.

These are great for large volumes of seeds, unfortunately I believe they are also responsible for large losses during the transplant phase.

I look forward to following up with further posts on the success of this batch.

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Dave Green

With a deep-rooted passion for nature and a decade-long journey nurturing redwood trees, Dave stands as a dedicated steward of these majestic giants. Over the past ten years, Dave has meticulously cultivated redwood trees, witnessing their growth from mere saplings to towering sentinels of the natural world. As a UK-based enthusiast, Dave has developed a profound understanding of the intricacies of redwood tree care, adaptation to local climates, and their unique appeal in British landscapes. Through Dave's expert insights and hands-on experience, readers are invited to explore the enchanting world of redwood trees and discover the wonders that these living monuments bring to our surroundings.