Trees are amazing things -- they cool us in the heat, protect us from
wind, and provide us with the materials for shelter. With their ability
to process carbon dioxide into oxygen they are the lungs of the Earth. One of Grow Your Own Giant Redwood Tree Kitthe largest trees on the planet is the giant redwood. To do your part for
the environment (and just 'cause you want to) you can grow your own
redwood in your garden.
With the Grow Your Own Giant Redwood Tree kit you get everything you need to grow one (or more) really big tree. Granted, the time that it is all that big you will long be six-feet under, but you could always have yourself cremated and your ashes scattered around the base so that you can be a part of it forever. Or you can just leave it to your great, great, great, great grandchildren in you will.
Grow Your Own Giant Redwood Tree KitThe kit includes a growing pot, redwood seeds, instructions, and an "incubation" bag. You will not only need a great deal of patience, but also provide a great deal of care since most of us don't live in the optimal climate for redwoods. They are native to the cool, misty coast of northern California and might be challenged by life in Phoenix or Chicago. People in Great Britain are likely to have an easier time with growing the trees due to a climate that is more similar to the natural home of the redwood.
A redwood can grow to be over 55 feet in diameter so you want to plant accordingly. Since it is likely to take well over 100 years for the tree to get that large you may not really care -- it won't be your problem at that Redwood Trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California (Photo by Jason Sturner/Creative Commons via Wikimedia)point. If the tree is not doing what you want you can always point at your deck and explain to it what happens to bad redwood trees.
The tree will do best if you live in a temperate climate. The seeds are said to be relatively easy to sprout. Care should be taken in the planting since the tree can grow up to 30 feet tall in the first decade -- so don't plant under power lines or other obstacles. This is not meant to be a small ornamental tree. It is a serious tree spire and at full-height will be somewhere in the neighborhood of the height of Big Ben in London.
"I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree . . ." ~ Joyce Kilmer
Sources: Firebox, Monumental Trees