Growing bonsai trees is a very attractive diversion though quite challenging. Admittedly, maintaining a bonsai garden is not as easy as it seems. It takes a lot of time, care and patience to grow and sustain the trees especially when still young and just starting to flourish.
Starting a bonsai garden leaves you with two choices: either you will buy a previously grown bonsai tree from bonsai tree shops or you will plant and grow your own from bonsai tree seeds. Of course the former is more practical and uncomplicated however the latter is more gratifying and fulfilling.
When you plant bonsai tree seeds, take time in choosing the seeds that you will use. Remember that although bonsai trees originate from regular trees, they require different methods of nurturing. You can use seeds that grow in the wild, however commercial bonsai seeds are more preferred because you can be sure they are disease-free. Also, there are species that are easier to grow and maintain. Your choice depends on your experience in growing these trees. If you already have sufficient experience in this hobby, you may be confident enough to risk on planting species that are more difficult to develop.
Once you have decided on which kind of bonsai tree seeds to plant, you will now need to prepare the materials, foremost of which are your bonsai tree seeds. You will also be needing bonsai soil, pellet trays, peat pellet, plastic bags (sealable), bonsai pot, paper towels, tray and water. Most of these materials can be bought from garden tools shops.
Have the seeds germinated by drenching them in water for 24 hours, using the tray.
Next step is placing the soaked seeds in paper towels that you will then seal inside sealable plastic bags. Leave them for about a week in a cold place or better yet, inside the refrigerator. Afterward, bring the seeds out and place them in the pellet trays. This time, gradually put warm water to the trays. Observe closely until the seeds start to swell. Be sure the trays have holes to drain the water off so as not to “drown” the seeds.
Place the seeds now on the peat pellet then transfer them on the pots. Fill the pots with bonsai soil. Water the newly planted bonsai seeds and keep them moist while they are in the process of growing. Place them in a spot where they can get enough (but not too much) sunlight. When the seeds have finally grown, inspect them and separate the healthy from the frail ones. Place them in individual pots and care for them until they bloom into full-grown bonsai trees.
It is not an easy task to grow bonsai trees. If you are just beginning to grow your own bonsai garden, it is best to consult those who are already experienced in this hobby. You may also want to join associations of bonsai enthusiasts so you can learn more about this craft.