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starting my seeds

Post  kingbean on Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:50 pm

I have just put my seeds the fridge for stratification.
I know its late but am desperate to get some seedlings on the go.
I've got black pine,cryptomeria japonica,hinoki cypress and trident maple small leaf. reason for purchasing the seeds is that I can't seem to find Anywhere that sells the raw material that I require for a reasonable price so Im going to have a go at growing my own.
I know its going to be a long while until I get there but Im happy to give it a go.

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Re: starting my seeds

Post  Kev Bailey on Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:01 pm

You can have great fun starting them from seed, but make sure that you read up on how to get the best out of your new plants. Look up tricks like severing the roots from your newly sprouted black pine and re-rooting them to get a perfect nebari. It works! Speed up the development by planting some out in the garden, spreading the roots over a tile or saucer. Feed them well and regularly. Plan their future shapes, and sizes, as early as you can and aim toward this. Some mame and shohin sized trees will make your goals achievable earlier.

There's more detail in 2 articles that I've written here http://www.acerbonsai.co.uk/Articles/seed.html

There are lots of faster ways to develop bonsai, but if no-one started any from seed, the art of seed growing would be lost. Good luck.

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