June 15, 2008
Planting sequoias with a trowel
I planted a new giant sequoia in Tahoe this weekend. This brings my count up to...let's see...six living trees. The giant sequoias are difficult in Tahoe. Seedlings do well if the are watered very frequently--but otherwise the long, dry summer means certain death. (I'm talking about planted seedlings, not real seedlings that grow in situ from seeds.) Older trees do well if they come from fairly deep pots, and are watered regularly, but many die over the winter.
A little detail on this planting. I used a trowel, which is quickly becoming my tool of choice in Tahoe! A shovel is just too big and you can never figure out how to get the rocks out, which leaves you out there making a tremendous racket and occasionally showering sparks all over the place. Using a trowel, though, you sit on the ground and settle in for a haul. When you find a rock, dig around it until you can lift it out. Stop when the hole is big enough. The process is mostly silent and gets your hands in the dirt. In the early spring, it is a pleasure to hit moist earth maybe eight inches below the surface. Gives one some idea how the plants are surviving out there.
The tree I planted is probably 3-4 years old and two feet high. It looks cute as a button right now. We'll see if it still looks that way after a Tahoe summer!
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I've got some potted giant sequoias that came bare-root during an ice storm, I now have standing snow making it hard to plant them. Any suggestions as to when to give it a try? I'd love to have some seeds to try planting more.
Posted by: Arin Groner | Feb 1, 2009 4:45:30 PM
how do you know exactly where to plant?
Posted by: Ariana Rodriguez | Feb 20, 2009 1:41:55 PM
Save THE EARTH!!!!!!!EVERYONE!!!
Posted by: Kaleigh | Feb 28, 2009 8:35:41 PM
I'll bet there's no way I could grow Sequoias in rural New Mexico, but I know a GREAT source of continuous water & protection from the elements. Rarely snows here, either; rather mild. Gets below freezing, though. Now,, sugar pines (which I've loved since I was a lil kid, along WITH Sequoias -- native Californian), those would grow here, I know it!
Posted by: Rogi Riverstone | Mar 2, 2009 1:09:19 PM
I love trees and would love to grow theseee
Posted by: Jessica | Mar 3, 2009 5:32:35 PM
Would be great for privacy....that's what I need!
Posted by: Sherry | Mar 7, 2009 4:51:09 AM
Trees are so beautiful!
Posted by: Melissa Kaminski | Mar 7, 2009 5:20:53 AM
Will these grow in Virginia?
Posted by: Sandy | Mar 7, 2009 5:40:01 AM
YAY FOR TREES
Posted by: casey | Mar 7, 2009 6:00:53 AM
Would these grow in Kentucky?!
Posted by: jayne | Mar 7, 2009 7:20:49 AM
I wonder if I could get these to grow in Southern Louisiana?
Posted by: Harlan | Mar 7, 2009 7:35:20 AM
Are these better planted where it is moist all the time or more where it is dry?
Posted by: becky davis | Mar 7, 2009 8:15:33 AM
my kids love trees!!!!
Posted by: april au | Mar 7, 2009 8:16:12 AM
Is there any chance a sequoia would grow in Ohio. This is a really interesting blog. Thanks.
Posted by: ritamae | Mar 7, 2009 8:37:30 AM
The trowl is much better idea considering sparks could cause a forest fire!
I can't wait to plant my tree here in the valley!
Posted by: Lisa Mendes | Mar 7, 2009 8:57:52 AM
Sequoia trees viewed en masse, in person, make for an awe-inspiring experience. I'd like to see more parents bring their children to Sequoia National Park, when they visit Disneyland. These locations are only about four and a half hours from one another. Oh, what memories could be made!
Posted by: Lynda Taylor | Mar 7, 2009 9:18:59 AM
I really enjoy sequoia trees. I wonder if any of them would grow if I planted them here on the east coast. I never saw a sequoia here but did see a lot of them out in California.
Posted by: Steve Finnegan | Mar 7, 2009 9:25:11 AM
Do these grow in the midwest?
Posted by: Erik Henke | Mar 7, 2009 9:34:45 AM
i love to have picnics under them and cant wait to grow one!
Posted by: jade white | Mar 7, 2009 9:58:05 AM
420!!! Cant Wait!
Posted by: James | Mar 7, 2009 10:11:27 AM
these are beautiful trees and planting them out in the yard makes for lovely shade trees
Posted by: Carlos | Mar 7, 2009 12:06:12 PM
I planted one in NJ not too long ago :) Still alive so far!
Posted by: Kalene | Mar 7, 2009 1:54:44 PM
I would love to try my luck with them in North Carolina.
Posted by: Judy Ward | Mar 7, 2009 4:40:30 PM
Sequoia's are the most beautiful part of California. To walk in a forest of Sequoia's is so calming. I would love to have one in my own backyard.
Posted by: Lori | Mar 7, 2009 5:23:07 PM
Posted by: em | Mar 7, 2009 6:43:16 PM
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