Sequoia sempervirens (Coast Redwood) seeds
The Coast Redwoods, native to the west coast of the USA, are the world's tallest trees, growing up to 115m and are now a protected species. Luckily in the UK they do not reach such heights and are usually 20-30m tall. This majestic conifer has a strong, upright form with slightly drooping branches. The glossy leaves are deep green with a silvery white underside and pretty cones are borne on mature trees. Excellent for Bonsai.
Position: Sun to dappled shade & well-drained, moist soil
Packet of 20 seeds
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Mix equal parts of seed compost, eg. John Innes with vermiculite or perlite and sow seeds on the surface, then just cover them with a layer of vermiculite or perlite. Seal inside a polythene bag and place in the fridge for 4 weeks. After this, move to a propagator or other warm place and maintain an optimum temperature of 18-21C. Germination should take place within 1-2 months. Note: Germination can be very erratic, so sow thinly and prick out the seedlings as they become large enough to handle disturbing the rest of the compost as little as possible.
An alternative method is to sow in pots as above during late summer to early winter then place in a cold frame and let nature take its course as the seasons change with the seedlings emerging the next spring.
Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots and grow on in a cold frame or nursery bed for a year or two then plant in their final position in sun.