Growing a Joshua tree

Day 1 | Day 5

label for Joshua tree kit

When he was here in November, my friend Dave from Vancouver made a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Ever the good guest, he came back with a small kit to grow one's own Joshua tree, which he gave to me to express his gratitude for the fine hospitality he had received Chez Paul.

I couldn't help but observe that although the kit included about 10 seeds (one presumes they are seeds — they looked more like circles punched from somewhat hairy dark green felt), the pot provided for the "giant Joshua tree" measures just 1.5in (3.8cm) in diameter at its widest point. Something tells me I should not set my expectations very high.

pot containing planted Joshua tree seedsDay 1 — 08-Jan-03. Given my sorry track record with house plants, it is with some trepidation that I even start this project. Nevertheless, I have.

According to the instructions, "the young Joshua Tree should begin to appear on the surface in 10 to 21 days from planting," and it will look like a blade of grass. I am re-assured that my Joshua "can reach four to six feet in ten years."

We'll see!

sprout emerging from soil

Day 5 — 12-Jan-03. Is that a sprout I see peeking from the soil?

If it is a Joshua Tree sprout, it is certainly a precocious Joshua Tree — according to the instructions they weren't supposed to sprout until 10 to 21 days from planting. This is only the 5th day.

You don't supposed somebody slipped a Jack-and-the-beanstalk seed into the packet, do you?