Ask a Question forum: Growing Japanese ghost maple from seed (indoors)

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Virginia (Zone 7a)
Feb 18, 2017 1:24 PM CST
I got some seeds from Ebay and it seems this is a good time to start their germination process. From what I read I should soak them in water for 24 hours then keep them in a moist ziplock bag in the fridge for 100 days before sowing them?

The seller calls them "bonsai maple seeds" which I don't understand. (I thought making a bonsai was about how you grew the plant.)
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Feb 18, 2017 1:58 PM CST
I hope you are planning to grow these trees inside as they will be germinating sometime next fall or winter.

I've never germinated Japanese Maples this way so I really can't help you with that. My favorite way is to let nature take her course and dig up newly germinated seedlings from under a favorite tree. Smiling

I usually plant fresh seed in the fall, leave the pot in a cool spot (keep it watered) and wait patiently for spring and sprouting.

A few words of caution:

- It may take 6 months for the seeds to germinate after you plant them.

- You may have purchased seeds from a Japanese Ghost Maple but I can guarantee that very few (if any) will look like a Ghost Maple.

- Japanese maple seeds don't germinate that easily - you may only get 1 or 2 seedlings from this venture

Yes, bonsai is a form of pruning not a type of tree.

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