Jonsteen Company - Genuine Tree Seed Germination Kit - Giant Sequoia
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- 2.5" x 2.5" x 5"
- Soil & Planting Seeds
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Contribute to the clean air and have fun growing a tree with our Mini Tree Growing Kit! Each kit comes with a mini-greenhouse that acts as a tree nursery that you can hold in your hand, soil-less growing medium that can travel safely anywhere in the world, perlite, and high germination trees. Available in a variety of tree-types. Instructions included.
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It is still in its container in the same window (as of July 20, 2014) - I water it from the bottom about once per week or when I remember (inside the provided container, the soil doesn't dry out very quickly, even in summer) by placing water in a lid and then putting the plastic incubator in the water. It is about 3 in tall and has 3 or 4 "branches" with tiny green needles on them. There is a lot of green algae or moss growing on the rocks inside but from experience with other terrariums that is good - it prevents mold from forming inside.
Now that it is as tall as the container, I just have to figure out how to remove it without killing it.
UPDATE: September 13, 2015 - tree recently got an upgraded dome. See pics! almost 2 years from the date I planted the seeds following the provided instructions, my tree looks like this! Keeping it in a clear plastic dome (I made one out of a mayo jar, and recently had to upgrade to a cut off 2-liter) with holes to allow air in and out keeps the environment more uniform for the tree and protects it from sudden changes in temperature. Also helps keep the tree from drying out. I water it when I remember to check and the soil feels dry, which has not been by any means regular, so with the dome it is possible to keep it alive with less effort. Not the prettiest, but better than having it die before I get to plant it in the ground :)
You *have* to follow the directions, and you *have* to treat the tiny saplings carefully if you want them to survive, especially if you get them growing out of sync with the natural cycle. In other words, if you refrigerate the seeds during the summer and plant them during the fall, you might get sprouting in the autumn.... but for crying out loud, don't immediately put the little tree outside! It *will* die that first winter, as it's expecting a summer!
I currently have three saplings from my kit. One of the three didn't actually sprout until this past spring! I noticed it in a pot of what I thought was just "dead" wandering jew (I have soooo much of that plant that I often don't bring all of it inside during the winter). The other two are doing quite well after two winters, though they only spent last winter (2016-17) outside. Their first winter, I brought them in, and made sure they got plenty of water and sunshine.
One is about 7-8in tall now, and the other is about 4-5in. The littlest one, the one that just sprouted this past spring is only about 2 inches tall. The squirrels keep invading our porch and digging it up, so it's currently in isolation to make sure it gets big enough to survive the pests as well as the weather.
August 2018 EDIT : the littlest sapling finally succumbed to the squirrels. Otherwise, the other two are going strong (see photo)!
- plastic tube (greenhouse)
- seeds (mine had between 5-10)
- white pebbles (to cover the seeds)
- instructions on how to grow the seeds
You start out by setting up the plastic tube greenhouse by filling it with soil, watering the soil, placing the seeds on top of the soil, then placing the pebbles on top of the seeds and soil.
Next, you place the plastic tube greenhouse cap on, and place in a cool place (I used my fridge, as they recommended). I also placed it in a cup to make sure no soil or seeds spilled into my fridge.
After 20 days, you take the seeds out and place in a warm place. This starts the growing process.
From there on, you grow as you would any other plant.