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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.)
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.
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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