Dawn Redwood Bonsai Houseplant Seeds
10 Metasequoia glyptostroboides seeds. Dawn redwoods' colorful leaves are one trait that separates this species from its family members. The only living species in its genus, the dawn redwood is a deciduous tree rather than an evergreen. This means that it sheds its leaves in the fall, is bare in winter and grows new leaves in the spring. Long thought to be extinct, the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) was discovered deep in a valley in central China in the 1940s. The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University then distributed the little seeds across the world, playing a big role in the tree's international reinstatement and conservation. Please note these seeds can be grown as bonsai or standard trees.
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Soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours to soften their outer shells, aiding germination. This process can enhance the seed's ability to absorb moisture.
Place the soaked seeds in a plastic bag with a moistened paper towel or vermiculite. Seal the bag and store it in a refrigerator at around 4°C (39°F) for approximately 60 to 90 days. This cold stratification mimics the natural winter dormancy period.
After the stratification period, sow the seeds in pots or seed trays filled with a well-draining soil mix. Plant them at a depth of about 1 cm (0.4 inches), covering them lightly with soil. Mist the soil gently to provide moisture without saturating it.
Place the pots or trays in a warm and bright location, ideally with indirect sunlight. Ensure the soil remains consistently moist but avoid overwatering. Germination typically occurs within 2 to 4 weeks, but it can take longer. As the seedlings emerge, provide good airflow to prevent damping off.
Once the seedlings have developed a few sets of true leaves and are large enough to handle, transplant them into individual pots with well-draining soil. Continue to provide them with ample sunlight, water when the soil feels dry, and protect them from extreme temperatures. Gradually acclimate the seedlings to outdoor conditions before planting them in their permanent location.