How to Start a Bonsai Tree From the Seed

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Growing a miniature plant from a seed can take forever. It depends on the species, of course, but in some cases you might need 4 or 5 years for the trunk of the plant to become only 1 inch in diameter. You should also be aware of the fact that some bonsai tree seeds require thoroughly controlled conditions to germinate.

However, if you are determined to dedicate your time to that, you will have to get the seeds first of all. You can either buy them in a specialized shop or gather them in nature. Make sure they are fresh.

Once you have collected suitable seeds, let them sprout. As soon as they germinate, you can start nurturing them in any chosen small soil-filled container. You are expected to dig a hole and bury the seed in such a way that the main sprout points up whereas the taproot points down. Water the seed. Always make sure that the soil is damp but not soggy, or it will cause root rot.

Your youngster mustn’t be exposed to direct sunlight, severe wind or freezing temperatures. Follow these rules as long as the seedling grows. Adapting to the growth of the tree can be done by gradually introducing the species to larger pots. This process will continue until the tree reaches the desired size.

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