There are hundreds of different types of bonsai trees that possess unique shapes. You will find Juniper, Japanese maple, Chinese elm, and whatnot.
There is not a single type of bonsai tree in the market. So, don’t fall for vendors advertising their products without any mention of the types included.
How to grow a bonsai tree from seed?
A good position for a bonsai tree would be one with plenty of sunlight and away from direct heat. Also, ensure the place has a humid atmosphere.
Another classification that exists in bonsai trees includes indoor and outdoor variants. Indoor bonsai trees have a slower growth rate and minimal care requirements. Meanwhile, the outdoors ones require the opposite.
Quality of seeds
Bonsai trees aren’t sensitive to atmospheric changes. But, you need to keep them in the proper place for healthy growth.
The best time to sow your seeds is in the autumn to align with nature’s schedule. This gives young seedling the full summer to grow after germinating in spring, and it means you don’t have to worry about stratification.
The Japanese term, “Misho,” refers to the practice of growing Bonsai from tree seeds. It can be a very rewarding process that allows you to grow a plant as a Bonsai tree from the very beginning, although it does demand a great amount of patience. It takes a minimum of three years before seedlings mature enough to start shaping, but it’s advantageous, as you have full control over your Bonsai tree from the beginning. Misho is the only real way to grow a Bonsai right from the start!
To get started, you need to get your hands on some tree seeds. You can collect seeds from trees in your surroundings or you can choose to buy them at an online shop. Keep in mind that Bonsai are created from normal trees, so there is no such thing as special “Bonsai tree seeds”.
Before we start propagating seed, it’s important to know the seedlings stages of development first. Growing Bonsai from seeds will be a test of your patience, but it’s a great way to style Bonsai trees without the need to prune thick branches, as you would when styling Yamadori or nursery stock. Read the Styling Bonsai section for more detailed information on wiring and pruning techniques.
When should I sow my seeds?
Creating your Bonsai from seeds collected in your local area ensures that they will be in their ideal climate and are more likely to thrive. Locally sourced seeds should be planted during fall for the best results. However, if you want to plant local seeds out of season, purchase seeds online, or plant foreign seeds that come from a different climate, it may be necessary to use stratification techniques.
Stratification is the process of treating seeds to simulate the natural growing conditions that they need to germinate. Seeds of many tree-species are genetically programmed to survive through winter and germinate in early spring. This helps them maximize the duration of their first growing season. Most of these seeds can grow only after a cold period.
For beginners, this process may be too advanced, so we advise you to collect seeds from tree species in your area, keep the seeds outside and plant them in early spring, just like Mother Nature does!
Bonsai tree seed?
So, when you’re planting seeds for Bonsai that are from different climates, or you’re planting out of season, it may be necessary to simulate a cold season to increase the germination rate. Most tree-species will require you to soak their seeds in water before storing them in your refrigerator for one or two months. The exact amount of time and optimal temperature depends on the tree-species. A quick online search will provide you with an exact answer.
This stunning Juniper Bonsai is estimated to be around 100 years old. For more photos, check our Bonsai Gallery.
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