lördag 2 april 2011

Success with the Sequoiadendron Giganteum !

Everything is easy. When you have learned the "how to process". I have been blessed with an increased feeling of satisfaction when it comes to my gardening hobby. For some months I have had problem with getting seedlings from the Sequoiadendron Giganteum to survive. But I think I might have succeeded now. Apparently these rather, to my mind, sensitive plants need a lot of moisture to thrive. Basically that is one of the major changes I have done. I have simply showered them with a mist of water twice/three times per day ( when I have had the chance). Look at the beauties.

The Sequoiadendron Giganteum is a tree that might be able to age beyond centuries and even milleniums. Imagine that little me have been part of the initiation process, of what I hope to be a long lived tree.

My oh my...

 In Japan there is a tradition by some bonsaigrowers. To make a bonsai whenever you have a child or grandchild. I like this tradition. The seeds of the above Sequoiadendron Giganteum were sowed when my friends Karl and Linda had a child. A beautiful thought and tradition by the Japanese people. In honour of their first child the small sequoia with lots of needles goes by the name of " Tilde".

Au revoir for this time !

4 kommentarer:

Janne sa...

Shit, det funkade!! Gratulerar. Jag vet hur du kämpat med dessa. Kul att du äntligen fick upp dem. Och fina som bara den är de.

Sköt nu om dem ordentligt och kom till ner Söderslätt när de vill flytta hemifrån, så kan de bo i min lerjord.

Johan Blasberg sa...

Jag blev grymt inspirerad av mammutträd så jag bestämde mig för att köpa ett par fröer. Har du några konkreta tips på hur man lyckas få dem att gro och klara de första veckorna?

Michael Salemsson sa...

Thanks Janne,

I am quite pleased. They still have
not died on me. It took a year and
several months of experimenting
until I got these up.

To Johan: When it comes to getting
the Sequoiadendron Giganteum up
there are a few tricks. One of them
is to "unlocking the genetical key"
for them to actually sprout. That is best done according to what I have previously written. They have to have a cold stratification period. In practice I took a small plastic container. Filled it with water. Put the seeds floating in the plastic container. And put it in the fridge. I let it be there for 1 month then planted the seeds. Thereafter come some critical parts. When they have sprouted it seems that they need a lot of moisture and water. Direct sunshine will keep the babies to my experience. If one read about the Sequoiadendron Giganteum one realizes that when they sprout it is in the spring in very humid enviroments. So all I was thinking was try to copy the natural process. In my case I sprayed water on the young seedlings. So far so good. But the first two years are critical according to everyone. I guess one can not celebrate yet. It is good if we get more people to grow these and plant them out in our forrest later. It will be a cool element. Perhaps we will by time get a variety that can endure the cold Swedish winters? Who knows?

Caj Koskinen sa...

I just found your great blog. Its very interesting and I would research it better through when I have more time. I also grow chilies and some other plants also.