How to Grow Redwoods From Seedlings

Overview

Redwood trees are native to the coastal areas of Northern and Central California. Known also as Coast redwood and California redwood, these trees have been known to grow to a height of 362 feet. The typical homegrown redwood is smaller, however. The redwood tree has the ability to re-grow from the stump if damaged by wind or fire.

Step 1

Prepare the area that you plan to plant the redwoods by raking and removing any competition from the ground. This includes grasses, other trees, weeds and other plant material.

Step 2

Spray the area with a phenoxy herbicide. Follow the label instructions when applying this herbicide to the area. Phenoxy herbicides are available at most garden centers and destroy broad leaf weeds and plants.

Step 3

Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball of the redwood tree.

Step 4

Center the root ball in the hole and cover with the removed soil.

Step 5

Tamp the dirt down around the tree with the back of the shovel or your feet.

Step 6

Water the tree until the water will no longer soak into the ground. Add more removed dirt to the hole if necessary to even the hole with the surrounding soil level.

Step 7

Water the tree every two to three days during dry weather. Redwoods need more moisture than many other trees to flourish.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Herbicide
  • Shovel

References

  • South Dakota State University: Growing Redwood Trees (PDF)
  • Auburn University: Redwood
  • University of Wisconsin - Extension: Redwood
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