This autumn, we discovered what seems to be the last living Redwood tree in Elysian Park, in Los Angeles, in Southern California.
Learning about architecture constructed in the 30s, suddenly I realize all the houses are made of redwood. Where did all this redwood come from? I thought this forest only existed in Northern California.
Lost LA confirms it in Season 2 Episode 2, that my suspicions were true, Elysian Park used to be a Redwood Forest! This is groundbreaking. Mind-boggling. I yell, L.A. used to be a Redwood forest?!
Before it was devoured by a developing young city, and before the very flammable Eucalyptus trees took over, this park had thousands of Sequoia sempervirens. And I found one still alive from that time. A young one still in comparison to the lifespan of these trees, protected in the garden of a lovely nature woman and hidden behind Pine trees equally as enormous.
Okay, Operation bring back the redwood trees.
Redwood trees release little ball pinecones, inside the ridges are reddish circular seeds.
Break them open, and plant them in a pot.
Clone the trees. Propogate from cuttings.
1. Take your cuttings from the node area of the tree, where two branches meet.
Each cutting should be at least 6 inches long.
2. Place them in lukewarm water immediately after you remove them from the mother tree.
3. Coat the cut end of the branches with root dip; less is more.
4. Gently place the cuttings in separate pots equipped with moist, nutrient-rich soil. Make sure the soil is moist enough to feed the cutting but not too wet. Wet soil actually detours root growth.
5. Shield them from harsh weather. Keep moist. Feed nutrients
One year to establish itself in original pot. Do not repot for at least one year. After that, repot every year into larger pot until it can grow on its own.