Instructions for bonsai seeds germination.

This article describes the instructions for  bonsai seeds germination and related information.

About basic care of seeds.

It is important to maintain freshness of the seeds to facilitate proper germination. This is why we store all our seeds in a refrigerator dedicated to this purpose. So, to keep your freshness fresh until you are ready to start the germination process, you can store the seeds you bought in the plastic bag we provided. You can place the seeds in the vegetable drawer in your refrigerator.

bonsai seeds germination

Regarding the instructions for bonsai seeds germination.

Once your seeds are ready to germinate, you have two (2) germination methods: natural germination or forced germination.

Natural Germination: Sow the seeds in the autumn. Excessive sowing of seeds will carry out all the natural processes required for germination of seeds. You should have sprouted seeds next spring.

With forced germination, you artificially complete the germination process. Therefore, you need to follow the steps listed below. Each seed is different. Three steps required for most of them. Some may require more, others less. These stages are: scarification, stratification, sowing.

1 – Scarification.

Each seed has a shell around the live internal part. Some are harder than others. The goal of the scarification process is to soften the shell and bring water to the inner part of the seed. You will weaken the seeds by placing them in water, usually in a glass or a bowl, for twenty-four (24) to forty-eight (48) hours. The norm is the use of hot water. Some seeds require boiling water, while others require warm water. Typically, the practical seeds will sink after a twenty-four (24) hour period and the others will sprout. If the seeds are still flowing after a period of forty-eight (48) hours, they can be discarded as they are empty seeds. When finished, you are ready to start the next step (note that some seeds require you to go directly to the third stage).

2 – Cold stratification.

The next step is the cool stratification period. It is at this point that all the magic of nature happens. In nature, most seeds fall off trees in the autumn. As a result, the seeds spend the winter in cold temperatures, allowing the germination process to develop and begin once the chemicals in the seeds reach the optimum temperature in the spring. In the process of forced germination, you are trying to recreate the winter. To complete this process, use the following materials.

Plastic Ziploc Bag
Paper towel
Water

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Fold the paper towel in two and soak it in water. It should not be wet or wet. Put seeds on a normal wet paper towel. Place the paper towel in a plastic bag with seeds and store it in your refrigerator for periods varying from thirty (30) to one hundred and twenty (120) days. We suggest checking your seeds every thirty (30) days to prevent rot and allow proper ventilation. You will also examine sprouted seeds. If this is the case, take the sprouted seeds and go to the next step. If not, wait for the required period and move on to the next step.

3 – Sowing.

Sowing can be done on the ground or in a pot. Any soil can use  for planting and growing. Make a small opening in the soil (about half (1/2) an inch deep), place the seed opener, and cover with a few millimetres of soil. Keep the soil moist.

Extra steps for some species.

If you choose to germinate your seeds through the forced germination process, you need to follow this additional step. This step takes place before cold stratification. All you need to do is to bring the seeds to ambient room temperature for thirty (30) to ninety (90) days. This is called heat stratification, and place the seeds on a table on your plate. After you have achieved this stage, you are restarted with a cold stratification.

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