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Your thousands of days filled with curiosity start now.

Thanks for caring. You bought our product and found a seed inside. Let’s plant it.

But to be fair, growing a bonsai tree from the seed is a process that takes a little bit of preparation, and the first try can seem overwhelming. It is not that hard, and you can always do it again. Like many complicated things in our lives, it's worth it if you keep going on. Nothing feels better than seeing your baby tree grow.

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To make things easy, we skip all the technical details. Let's say the seed is now sleeping. In nature, when the seed wakes up from the winter sleep, it's after a long period of sometimes snowy and rather chilly weather. The seed needs to get wet to break its very hard coating and get some oxygen inside to sprout. After that, it needs some stable environment to sprout easily. In the case of your particular seed (Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum), the process is not that effective. It can take up to 2 years in outdoor conditions.

But don't worry. We can speed things up by partly mimicking this at home by putting it through a process called cold stratification. The whole homemade process takes approximately 90 days. There are two easy methods we will show you.

 


What you need:

- a zip-loc bag

- your seed/seeds from treed product

- refrigerator

- peat moss and sand or paper towel

- hot (not boiling) water

- patience (It will take approximately 90 days)

 

Method #1 - Peet moss and sand. Less soaking time, more things needed.

  1. Step - Soaking preparation: Take your seeds and put them in a container that can hold hot water. Put the seeds into the container and run the water from a tap. It should be warm, but not that hot you cannot hold your hand in it.

  2. Step - Soaking: Pour the warm to hot water over the seed/s and let them soak for 24 hours. At first, the seed/s will flow, but it will sink to the bottom after a while.

  3. Step - Mixing your peat moss: Take your peat moss and sand and fill 1/2 of the zip-loc bag to get the right amount. Relocate the mixture from the bag into a bowl and mix the seed/s with the soil. Pour a little bit of water into it and mix again. It has to be damp but not soaking wet. After mixing, put it back into the zip-lock bag.

  4. Step - Push, close, chill: Press down the zip-lock bag and push most of the air out and poke a few small holes close to the top of the bag for ventilation. Close it, place the bag inside your refrigerator - vegetable crisper is excellent, and leave it there for 90 days. From time to time, check the bag for mould. If there is some mould, you can carefully use any fungicide regardless of the brand. But apply it very carefully and don't put much of it inside.

  5. Step - After 90 days: Check the bag for sprouting. Take the sprouting seed/s and take the coconut pellet you found inside your product. Now pour enough water to see the pellet growing in size. If it cannot grow anymore, put a seed inside. If you don't want to use the pellet, you can use your starting soil and a small pot.

  6. Step - Let it grow: Take the growing pellet or your pot and put it on the sunny counter. Your tree baby needs a little sunlight, but the direct sun will burn them up.

  7. Step - Take care: Wait for your tree to sprout, grow and prosper. DO NOT FERTILIZE. When the seedling gets bigger, you can take replant it to a larger pot. After few weeks, you can use some fertilizer and water it accordingly.




    Method #2 - Paper towel. More soaking time, but less hassle.

    1. Step - Soaking preparation: Take your seeds and put then in a container that can hold a hot water. Put the seeds into the container and run a water from a tap. It should be warm, but not that hot you cannot hold your hand in it.

    2. Step - Soaking: Pour the warm to hot water over the seed/s and let them soak for 24 hours. At first the seed/s will flow, but after a while it will sink down to the bottom. After 24 hours, change the water repeat the process three times to achieve 72 hours of soaking time in total.

    3. Step - Paper towel: Take your soaked seed/s and put them on a generic paper towel (some people use toilet paper) and fold the paper towel over the top few times. If you use more seeds, make sure you give them some space in between to let them rest comfortably.

    4. Step - Push, close, chill: Put your seeded paper towel inside a zip-loc bag. Close it and press it down to push the most of the air out and poke a few small holes close to the top of the bag for ventilation. Close it and place the bag inside your refridgerator - vegetable crisper is great and let it there for 90 days. From time to time, check the bag for mold. If there is some mold, you can carefully use any type of fungicide regardless of the brand. But apply it very carefully and don’t put much of it inside.

    5. Step - After 90 days, check the bag for sprouting. Take the sprouting seed/s and take the growing pellet you found inside your product. Now pour enough water to see the pellet growing in size. If it cannot grow any more, put a seed inside. If you don’t want to use the pellet, you can use your own starting soil and a small pot.

    6. Step - Let it grow: Take the growing pellet or your pot and put it on the sunny counter. Your tree baby needs a little of sunligh, but direct sun will burn them up.

    7. Step - Take care: Wait for your tree to sprout, grow and prosper. DO NOT FERTILIZE. When the seedling gets bigger you can take replant it to bigger pot care for it with fertilizer and water it accordingly.