And be careful in zone 9B - that is warm for them and outside of their normal range. People try to plant coast redwood all the time here in Southern California. They grow for about 20 years - just long enough to get big - and then die.
I second that: I have five that I sowed three years ago. They're fast growing but although I live in USDA zone 8 (a few, actually fewer and fewer, days below 0° Celsius), they stop growing when it's too hot in the middle of the summer (30-35° C) and some of the branch tips get brown.
I suppose it's more because the air is dry and also because the temps don't go cool enough at night.
Coast redwood occurs naturally close to the Pacific west coast, where the temperatures tend to be less variable, and humidity high, with a lot of marine layer, fog and mist.
Did you ever try anything with Dawn Redwoods?Here's what I always did when I sprouted Coast Redwood.
1. Soak seed in water for 24 hours
2. Place seeds in between wet coffee filters
3. Place coffee filters in sealed plastic bags
4. Place bags somewhere warm
As the seeds sprout you can pluck them off and plant them root side down into soil.
Wow Bonsai Nut, is that tree for real???
I've seen the big ancient redwoods in person. Haven't seen the sequoias though. Truly beautiful trees. I'll be out backpacking this weekend and intend to photograph some of Southern California's oldest limber pines.
There's really no way to explain the feeling you get when standing amongst the giant sequoias. I had that opportunity about 25 years ago and it still is fresh in my mind. I took many photos but none of them did the trees justice. That National Geographic photo series with the climbers (you posted one earlier) is the closest I've seen anyone come to really capturing the massiveness of those trees on film. As a side note...I brought home a sequoia cone (probably illegal) and planted a few of the seeds. Several actually sprouted and I had them for a year or two, but at the time I was in school and they got neglected and eventually perished. Too bad, I'd have some 25 year old sequoias by now.I've seen both. Redwoods just look like large beautiful trees to me. Sequoias are otherworldly
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