Planting and Tree Care Suggestions Planting and Tree Care Suggestions

Planting and Tree Care Suggestions

For small and medium saplings, please carefully remove the tree from its package. You will next want to plant your sapling in a 2 or 3-gallon container. Choose a potting mix that has a good amount of nutrients to feed your plant for the first season. Your mix should have good drainage. If needed, add extra perlite to your mix for drainage and aeration. When planting, the top of the root plug should be at the top of the soil, do not bury the trunk. After you are finished planting, water your soil around the trunk and place it in a sunny location. If planting during the winter, keep inside until the weather matches your indoor temps. Sequoias like to dry out. Make sure the soil has thoroughly dried out between waterings. When your soil is slightly moist, water your tree again, making sure the entire pot is saturated.

Keep your tree fed for the first few years in its pot. After the first year, you may need to feed your tree with a slow-release nutrient. There are many out on the market for you to choose from. We use Andersons 18-6-12 and Espoma Evergreen Tone 4-3-4. A lot of your local garden centers will carry a 10-10-10 as well, which will work just fine. We recommend a low to medium rate.

If you are in a location with cold winters, we recommend placing your pot in an unheated garage, shed, or barn for the first few winters. This will keep your roots and tree protected from the freezing cold and wind. When protecting your tree during the winter, your goal is to keep the tree dormant and not warm up your tree. Water your sequoia right before it starts to freeze for the winter.

After your tree has outgrown its container, it is time to plant your tree in its final location. Spring and Fall are okay for planting. Remember, you are planting the world's largest tree. These trees need plenty of space. We recommend spacing these trees a minimum of 30' away from another tree. If you plan on using these trees as a windbreak or planting in a row, you can shorten that length to 20' apart. Make sure your tree is away from any surrounding buildings or power lines. Dig a hole larger than your container pot. Your surrounding soil should have good drainage. If needed, you can mix some of the native soil with a well-drained potting mix and place it all around the root ball. During the first few years, we recommend protecting your tree during the winter with a wind block. Giving your tree a few feet of space around it, stake a piece of fabric( burlap or landscape fabric works fine) around your tree. This will protect your tree from the freezing wind and help prevent any damage. A slow-release nutrient can also be added during the first few years to help establish the newly planted tree. The wind block can also protect the young tree from any wildlife as well.