There are two preferred ways through which you can start growing a bonsai plant, the first one is by purchasing a pre bonsai and using various methods like cuttings, air layering and grafting, the other by buying bonsai seeds and growing the bonsai from scratch.

Where to get bonsai seeds?

If you have chosen the option of buying bonsai seeds, the first thing that will strike is where to get these kinds of seeds. There are numerous sources of getting bonsai seeds, you can get them from the local neighborhood, gardening stores or online. In fact, you can go for any tree seeds. After you get the seeds, you will need to look at the following guidelines.

How to germinate the seeds

The first thing that you will need to do for germinating the seeds is to make sure that they remain fresh. You can store the seeds in a refrigerator before they are ready to be planted. Refrigerator is a safe place to keep the seeds if you are not ready to plant the seeds once you get them.

There are two ways of germination, one is the natural way and the other is forcing to germinate. The natural way will require you to plant the seeds outside in a proper soil during autumn. The seeds will sprout out by the next spring. In case of forced germination, you will need to follow three important steps.

Three important steps for forced germination

For those species of plant that have harder shell cover will have to undergo the scarification process to allow germination. This scarification process softens the shells and allows water to reach the interior of the seed. You will need to place your seeds in a bowl of water for 1 or 2 days. There are some species of plants whose seeds will need to be boiled for germination.

There are certain species of plants that will need cool weather for the germination process during summer months. During this process, the seeds must be kept in moistened paper towels inside a zip lock plastic bag and stored in fridge for 30 to 120 days.

During the process of heat stratification, you will need to place the seeds in a bowl in a room and keep it exposed to the room temperature. This should be done for a certain period of time and after this you can keep the bonsai seeds in fridge for cold stratification. However, this depends upon the species of plant that you want to grow. After the seed has been germinated, you will have to plant the seed in the soil that is appropriate for that specie. Do not bury the seed more than a half-inch down in the moist soil.

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