How to Make A Bonsai Tree From a Seed
Growing a Bonsai tree from a seed will take a very long time – you will need to wait a couple of years before you can even begin to start sculpting and shaping your tree into the Bonsai that you want. Most people will find that growing their Bonsai from a sapling or buying a ready-made Bonsai is preferable to growing one from a seed.
That said, a tree grown from a seed has a lot more memory value and power in it because you have grown it from scratch (as it were). If you want to know how to make a Bonsai tree from a seed, please follow these steps.
- Buy the seeds of the type of tree that you want. Chances are you will find on the back of the packet what the best time of year to grow it in is. You will find that autumn is the best time to plant seeds.
- If you are getting your seed from a tree in nature then you will need to dry it out first.
- Make sure that the pot that you are using has got a sufficient amount of soil and fertilizer in it.
- Poke some holes in the soil about the size of your thumb and drop the seeds in.
- You will need to leave the pots outside in order for the trees to grow.
If you want to plant more then one tree in one pot, then give each seed enough room. Once there is a tiny shoot popping up, you can repot each Bonsai tree into their own containers. This is important that you get the spacing right – close enough to be economical but far enough apart that they won’t crash into each other when they grow up to be big Bonsai trees. Spacing them about 10cm (4 inches) apart will usually be OK.
Remember to give your new seed some nice water. Don’t over water your seed, as this will kill it. If you plant many trees, you will find that you might not get all of them growing, but certainly a few of them. This is how you make a Bonsai from a seed.
Once the tree has reached a stage where it no longer looks like a shoot and looks more like a tree (in a manner of speaking…) you can begin the Bonsai-fication process. Remember that the more that you do, the weaker your tree will get, so always do your adjustments in moderation only.