Growing Bonsai From Seed

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Some time ago, I kept some pomegranate seeds and decided to try to use them to develop into bonsai. This article shows the first year of development of these seeds. The tropical climate of Mauritius encourages fast growth and there was some good development in the first year, however, there is still a long way to go before these seedlings will come close to becoming good enough material for bonsai.

My initial plan for the first year was:
Germinate the seed
Leave alone to grow freely
Prepare the sapling for bonsai
Get rid of the taproot
Leave alone to grow freely
Wait for basic lignified structure to appear on the young plant
Start wiring (if you want to)
Allow sacrificial branches to thicken up the plant
Leave alone to grow freely

Roughly 12 of the seeds sprouted into seedlings, and so far, only one has progressed far enough to go into the wiring stage. The rest have been through the "get rid of the taproot" stage only and are growing freely for now.

Stage 1 : Germinate the seeds.
No bonsai excitement to see at this stage, only the basic horticultural skills needed to get the seeds alive and kicking.
Stratify the seed, plant it, wait for it to germinate, wait for it to get strong enough to transplant, cross fingers and anything else that you can cross and hope it does not die on you.
The seed germination process varies according to individual tree species, research the best methods for the species you are using and be patient at this stage.

Growing Bonsai From Seed

Growing Bonsai From Seed

Growing Bonsai From Seed

Growing Bonsai From Seed

Growing Bonsai From Seed

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