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|Before sowing, you need to cold stratify the seeds for about 3 months. Then lay the seed on top of the moist compost, pressing it firmly so that it makes perfect contact with the soil. Do not push them down too hard. Keep the compost at 20øC, and under reduced light. But be aware! The seeds are quite susceptible to drought. You can put a glass plate or some plastic foil over the pot, but you have to be careful not to kill them by making things too wet. Small germinated sequoias die rather easy because of over-watering. It's a very sad thing to see a baby sequoias wither away! Sequoia sempervirens seeds will usually germinate in 7-60 days, but even under good conditions germination may be erratic. Don't think things will not work out: patience is a virtue!
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|This will break their dormancy. It creates a cold and moist environment for the seeds. Mixed in seeds with slightly moistened vermiculite or peat, only damp in a ziplock bag. Close zip bag shut and store it in the salad crisper compartment of your refrigerator. If any seeds begin to sprout during the cold stratification, simply remove the seed and plant.
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