This site refers to the three types of Redwood by the names commonly used in the U.K:
Giant Redwood Giant Redwood / Giant Sequoia / Wellingtonia Sequoiadendron giganteum
Coast Redwood Coast Redwood / Redwood Sequoia sempervirens
Dawn Redwood Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides
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Grizzly Giant Grizzly Giant
Grizzly Giant
Grove Grove
Mariposa Grove
Tom wrote to tell us about his trip to the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite, California in August 2008 and sent photographs of the Grizzly Giant, the 25th largest Sequoia.
Tom says, "Wandering around those giants sparked my fascination with these trees and a "grow your own" kit that I brought home made me look for help on the internet, where I found your site which has helped me to now have a small greenhouse full of thriving, tiny Sequoia, Coast Redwoods, Dawn Redwoods and other trees!"

Mariposa Mariposa
Owen also visited the Mariposa Grove. He says "As a professional nurseryman I have long been aware of giant redwoods. I have seen some of the large ones here in the U.K. but nothing compares to seeing them in the Sierra Nevada. They are breathtaking!"

Big Basin
Coast Redwood
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Peggy is a fairly frequent visitor to the U.K. and all of her contributions so far have been in Scotland. She sent this picture of a Coast Redwood in the U.S. The best way to see it is in full size and you can do this by clicking on the small image.

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Peggy says "I thought you'd enjoy seeing this composite of six photos I took today, blended together in Photoshop to show the entire length of a huge Coast Redwood in Big Basin State Park, the first state park established in California."

Marvellous! The upper part of the tree appears a little oddly shaped because of the varying angles but I could not see the joins in the photographs, a brilliant piece of work. It is similar to the picture that appeared as a gatefold in the October 2009 issue of the National Geographic magazine, although they had the advantage of being able to move the camera up a structure, strung up alongside the tree, as they took the photographs. Perhaps next time Peggy you might shin up the adjacent tree with your camera...
General Sherman
Giant Redwood - General Sherman
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General Sherman
Peggy and David paid a visit to Sequoia National Park, California in March 2012. Peggy says, "This is a beautiful grove quiet and serene in the snow and even the ponderosa pines and sugar pines are huge."

California California

Martin says "I went over to California in December 2009 and spent a whole day walking through the redwood park, Avenue of the giants, it blew me away and I fell in love with the Giant Redwoods."

Martin bought some seeds from the shop in the centre of the park and managed to get five to germinate but unfortunately only one now remains. He says "I was wondering what should be the best soil for them to grow in so i know for the future plus watering, I also keep them in the house and wondered what would be the best location for them."

The Avenue of the giants looks fantastic, there are some amazing trees there, I must go there someday!

The problem with your seedlings is most likely due to over-watering. Unlike flower seedlings, redwood seedlings really dislike being in soggy compost. Water sparingly, when the pot feels light, preferable from the base in a saucer. I hope your last one survives ok. Keep your seedling in a well ventilated area, near a window for light but protected from direct sunlight while it is small and struggling. I usually put mine outside once they get to three or four inches tall.

When I am potting up trees into larger tubs I use a mixture of standard compost, clean horticultural sand and some top soil. Probably a mixture of seven parts compost, one of sand and two of top soil. Don't use builders sand as it will contain some salt and other contaminants.

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