Proper Germination: Stratificating Bonsai Seeds Efficiently

Bonsai Seeds Efficiently

There is something pure about growing a bonsai from the very beginning. On the one hand, growing a tree from seeds, you can make a massive cultivation of rare species and it will not cost you an arm and a leg; on the other hand, you can grow a quality tree as you will be able to monitor each stage of its development.

However, starting from scratch has its drawbacks. First of all, you will need plenty of time to grow such a tree. Secondly, new seedlings are very fragile that’s why extra care may be required.

Some seeds can be genetically programmed to make it through the winter and later, as soon as spring comes, they sprout into seedlings. If there are no these warm and cold cycles, they can never sprout.

Thus, if you want to break the dormancy, you will have to simulate the period of moist cold. It is called stratification. If you begin the chilling treatment in summer or autumn, you can place the seeds in the pot and dig it into the ground.

You can expect their sprouting by spring. In case you choose an early season for start, you will have to soak the seeds first. Do it for 12-24 hours, then put them in a plastic bag or sealable container can also be used.

There should be equal amounts of sand and peat in the container. Afterwards put the container in the fridge and leave it there for 10 days. Monitor the situation regularly: the planting medium should be moist. 10 days later check the container. If there are no sprouts, leave the bag in the fridge for some more time.

Growing a Bonsai