Giant Sequoia tree and offspring (photo courtesy National Wildlife Federation)

How would it feel to plant a tree now that could still be alive in more than 1,000 years, delighting generations of humans, improving the air, and providing a nursery for countless creatures? What a legacy that would be – our superhero kid-in-a-kilt, Daniel, would be proud!

If you pre-ordered The Mystical Magical Daniel McDougal McDouglas McFly¬†this summer, you’ll soon be receiving your Giant Sequoia, Coastal Redwood, Red Oak, or American Chestnut tree seeds (as long as supplies last), along with instructions for germination and planting. Depending on your zone, Redwoods and Sequoias can be planted outside or grown as bonsai trees indoors.

Once stratified (soaked, then cooled in a dark fridge to start germination), and potted, the seedlings can be planted outside in certain zones, and they do fine as bonsai trees or in indoor pots in northern zones.

Pierce Press Sequoia and Redwood seed starting
We’re experimenting with two different ways to start the tree seeds – 1) soaking in a bag, then cooling in fridge for 3 weeks; and 2) our freelance method, soaking then cooling in a Jiffy Pot pellet. Stay tuned!

We’ve started our own seeds here at Pierce Press (see¬†photo), just to check the germination rates of the seeds we’ll be sending you along with your signed copy of the book. There will also be instructions in the Activity Guide section of the book, along with where to order if you need more seeds (germination rates average about 40%).

If you have experience with starting tree seeds of this type, please give in the comments below. Thanks!

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