How to Grow Bonsai Trees From Seeds

Overview

The art of bonsai gardening rewards gardeners with a small indoor tree. There are literally hundreds of species that do well for the gardening technique of bonsai tree growing. Starting a bonsai tree from seed takes time for the different stages. From seed collection until the bonsai tree obtains enough maturity to train and form can take several years. However, the gardener is in control of the entire process from the very beginning.

Step 1

Fill a small glass bowl 1/2-full with peat moss. Place two bonsai tree seeds inside the center of the peat moss. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Poke three or four holes in the plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator from August to December. This is the first simulated cold stratification for the bonsai tree.

Step 2

Remove the bowl from the refrigerator at the end of December. Remove the plastic cover. Water until the peat moss is damp. Cover with new plastic cover and poke three or four holes in it. Place bowl in a dark location in your home, such as a closet until the end of January. This is the heat stratification for the bonsai tree.

Step 3

Take the bowl from the dark location. Remove the plastic cover. Water until the peat moss is damp. Cover with new plastic cover and poke three or four holes in it. Place the bowl back into the refrigerator until the end of March. This is the final cold stratification for the bonsai tree.

Step 4

Take the bowl out of the refrigerator at the end of March. Remove the plastic covering. Water until the peat moss is wet.

Step 5

Cover the bottom of a six-inch planting pot with medium-sized pebbles and rock. Cover the rock layer with one-inch of organic potting soil mixture.

Step 6

Lift the peat moss out of the small bowl, with the bonsai seeds inside. Place the peat moss into the planting pot. Cover the planting pot with plastic wrap. Poke three or four holes in the top for air circulation. Place the pot in a warm location.

Step 7

Check the planting pot daily. Make certain there is a small amount of water vapor or moisture on the plastic wrap. If not, remove plastic wrap. Water slightly. Replace plastic wrap with vent holes as done in previous steps.

Step 8

Remove the plastic wrap when the bonsai seedlings appear. Place the bonsai tree under an artificial grow plant light. After two weeks, remove the weaker seedling to have just one seedling in the planting pot. Water whenever the soil medium dries out completely.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not begin trimming and training the bonsai tree seedlings until they are at least six inches tall.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 starter bonsai tree seeds
  • Peat moss
  • Small glass bowl
  • Water
  • Plastic wrap
  • Toothpicks
  • Medium pebbles or rocks
  • Organic potting soil mixture
  • 6-inch planting pot
  • Plant grow light

References

  • Bonsai Gardener: Bonsai Seeds
  • "Bonsai;" Harry Tomlinson; 1990

Who Can Help

  • American Bonsai Association
Keywords: bonsai tree, bonsai tree seed, growing bonsai tree

About this Author

Lisha Smith writes for several blogs and has freelanced for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Greensboro in psychology. Smith has self-published several books. Her areas of experience include gardening, cooking, home improvement, pets and mental health.