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Tree Seeds suitable for Bonsai

Please note that there is NO such thing as Bonsai Tree Seeds. Firms that claim to sell ‘Bonsai Tree Seeds’ are misleading to say the least. If you plant one of these so called ‘Bonsai seeds’, and if they germinate, they will grow into ordinary trees. Bonsai are created from trees and shrubs by shaping, pruning and wiring. They do not just happen. Certain species of trees and shrubs are suitable for bonsai – such as Japanese Maples and Pines. Many other species are also suitable.

As specialist Japanese Maple growers for over thirty years, we have a vast stock of maples and other exotic Japanese trees, which we use for harvesting seed and for propagating our own plants. The seeds we sell for bonsai are mainly Japanese Maples (Acers) as they are one of the most popular. We harvest our Maple seeds in the Autumn and we usually have them ready for sale around November/December. No need to contact us until then as we will have no further information.

Please note:– We do not ship seeds outside the EC as many countries such as Australia and USA do not allow seeds into their country for plant health reasons.

Instructions for storing and sowing the seeds.

After harvesting our seeds, we store them in sealed plastic bags ready to sell.
However, the seeds which we use for sowing are not stored but sown immediately into seed trays, using a general purpose compost.

The seed trays are then covered with a sheet of glass or plastic to overwinter in the open. The alternate freezing and thawing which follows in the winter will break the dormancy of the seed and encourage them to germinate in the Spring. This process is what is called ‘stratification’.

The other way of germinating Maple seed is to store them in sealed plastic bags with a bit of moisture in the bag, and leave the bag in the refrigerator till late Winter or very early Spring. In the early Spring, sow the seeds in seed trays and they should germinate fairly readily.

When the seeds germinate, leave them in the seed trays till they have grown the first pair of leaves. When the leaves have hardened slightly, that is the best time to prick them out for planting in individual pots.

We find that sowing the seeds immediately after they have been collected gives the best results.

Tree Seeds suitable for Bonsai Please note that there is NO such thing as Bonsai Tree Seeds. Firms that claim to sell ‘Bonsai Tree Seeds’ are misleading to say the least. If you plant one of

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Best place to get seeds? UK 1 year 6 months ago #49820

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As you can see from the title I was hoping to plant some more seeds.

The last time I did this the seeds were from a bonsai starter kit which from the feedback was a bad buy!

I just wanted some suggestions on where to buy seeds? I wasn’t sure if there were any websites I could check out.

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Best place to get seeds? UK 1 year 6 months ago #49822

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Best place to get seeds? UK 1 year 6 months ago #49825

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Philihar wrote: I just wanted some suggestions on where to buy seeds?

Actually, that’s not really a bonsai related question. Seeds are seeds. You can buy them at any seed handler.

Often they have a ‘bonsai’ section – but notice that does not mean they sell bonsai seed, they sell seed of trees that are suitable for bonsai.

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Best place to get seeds? UK 1 year 6 months ago #49827

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I have tried seeds over and over. You need a large field, hundreds of seeds, and years of patience, or you get a little pot with a little plant that dies.

Any tree produces thousands of seeds a year, and has one or two offspring growing around it. There is a lesson here.

Except southern white pines, but those are weeds.

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Best place to get seeds? UK 1 year 6 months ago #49828

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Philihar wrote: Thanks for everyone telling me to not buy seeds. Really supportive bunch haha. I

What? Just one said he did not recommend it as it is a slow process, which it is. Think 15 years, at least.

I explained there is no such thing as Bonsai seed – it is simply tree seed. I gave you a link to a seller that sells seed of suitable species. The others gave you links of sites where they successfully purchased seed.

So what are you talking about?

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As you can see from the title I was hoping to plant some more seeds. The last time I did this the seeds were from a bonsai starter kit which from the feedback…