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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Changing Baggie Method

I'm not having terrific success with the coffee filter baggie method, so I'm switching to the soil baggie method. I split my seeds out into two sealed plastic bags with a few tablespoons of seed starting soil (peat moss mixture) in each. I moistened the soil by spraying spring water on it, and put the baggies on a shelf. With any luck, the seeds will start germinating in the bags. When they do, I'll wait until they're showing off their cotyledons, then move them into their own cel-packs.

At first, I thought that my low germination rate was due to my seeds needing help breaking out of dormancy, but then I read that dawn redwoods don't need to be cold stratified. So, I'm hoping for better success with the soil baggies.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Seed #1 - Sprout Opened, Secondary Leaves Showing

This is still my only dawn redwood, but it's doing very well. The sprout was quick to open, and is now showing off the start of its secondary leaves.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Seed #1 - Sprout

I still can't quite make out how many cotyledons there are. It looks like at least one of these two is a grouping of two, just waiting to separate.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Seed #1 - Sprout

This is still my only dawn redwood to sprout, so I'm still very excited to see it progress. The cotyledons are starting to show - it'll be interesting to see how many it has.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Seed #1 - Sprouting Up From Soil

I've had such poor luck with my one-hundred dawn redwood seeds. So far, (and it's still early), only one of my them has germinated. After less than a week in the soil, that seed found its way out. This is a very good day... I hope this little guy knows how much I'm counting on him!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Seed #1 - Radicle

Of my one hundred dawn redwood seeds, this is the first to germinate. These seeds are so tiny and fragile, I was surprised to see any sprout roots. This is very exciting - unfortunately, I'm not seeing anywhere near the immediate success that I've seen with my coast redwood seeds.