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January 19, 2011

Transplanting a redwood tree


I bought a redwood tree from Home Depot. It's about 15 feet tall and has new growth on it. I picked through the lot for a tree that was free from dead grey needles and had a healthy color. They were only $25 so I figured it was worth the chance. The real coastal redwood growing area is about 30 miles to the west, but several locals have had success with growing redwoods, including my neighbors on each side.

Today is a perfect day for transplanting. It's weather Coastal Redwoods should love. It's foggy, cool and drizzling rain. Yesterday I talked with a friend about this project and she suggested to fill the large hole I dug with the same dirt that came out of it instead of putting in potting soild and lots of fertilizer. She said the tree would act more like a container plant if I babied with the good growing medium and it's roots would just grow round and round the hole and never start to push out into a larger growing area. I'm going to compromise and fill the hole around the tree with two shovels of dirt and one shovel of potting soil and manure.

I've picked a place where the tree won't shade the house in winter and is far enough away to not be in danger of falling limbs. I'm very excited about growing a redwood.


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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at January 19, 2011 3:46 AM
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