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Plant a Giant Sequoia or Coastal Redwood!

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!

More about germination and tree planting
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.
We’re experimenting with two different ways to start redwood and sequoia 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 sent along with pre-orders copy of the book. You’ll also find out where to order if you’d like to try planting tree seeds.

If you have experience with starting tree seeds, please share your knowledge in the comments below. Thanks!

Plant a Giant Sequoia or Coastal Redwood!
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  • PLEASE NOTE: If you've received Daniel's tree seeds, remember a low germination rate is normal for redwood and sequoia trees, and for many other trees and plants.

    You can read more on a study of the subject: https://goo.gl/F7pPlV

    "The [natural] germination rate of redwood seeds is usually low. Poor germination often results from a low percentage of sound seeds (less than 15 percent) rather than from dormancy. When obviously defective seeds are removed, germination rarely is below 80 percent, and is sometimes 100 percent (27). Identification of defective seeds often is difficult, however, because many seeds appearing sound are filled with tannin. In one seed study, soundness varied significantly with seed size. Seeds passing 12, 10, and 8 mesh screens were 2, 8, and 15 percent sound, respectively. Seeds from seven populations were photographed by X-ray. The distribution in categories was as follows: seeds empty or tannin filled, 58 to 97 percent; seeds from embryos damaged by fungi, 0 to 11 percent; and sound seeds, 1 to 32 percent (38,39)."

    and in this study: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22257

    "Redwood trees flower during the wet and rainy months of December and January. They produce cones that mature the next fall. Redwood cones are about an inch long and they produce tiny seeds, about the same size as a tomato seed. While each tree can produce 100,000 seeds annually, the germination rate is very low. Most redwoods grow more successfully from sprouts that form around the base of a tree, utilizing the nutrients and root system of a mature tree. When the parent tree dies, a new generation of trees rise, creating a circle of trees that are often called fairy rings.