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Starting from a seed

I have a couple of nice Pine trees around my neighborhood as well as some really beautiful japaneese maples.

my question is: what is the proper procedure to grow a sapling from just a seed. I have read that some seeds need to be frozen some saying to dry them out!! just kinda confused!

thanks in advance
Brian

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Brian,

It is entirely dependent upon the species you are dealing with. Japanese Maples do poorly if allowed to dry out. I collect seed in the fall and store them moist and cold all winter long. I get good germination this way. Pines, at least Black and Scots Pines, are not so picky. I have collected cones, again in the fall, and allowed the cones to dry thus releasing the seeds. They are stored dry until spring and then planted.

Growing from seed, while rewarding, is about the slowest route to a 'finished' bonsai there is. If you wish to grow from seed you may also wish to consider doing so in conjunction with other methods.

Norm

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very good info ... thanks!

I was reading an article that stated that having multiple trees is the quickest way to learn. plus it keeps the cost way down.


Is there anyway to take clippings from other bonsai and get them to grow into a tree? specifically a blue juniper?
If so could you point me in the dirrection to do such a task?

Brian

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Brian,

[url]https://www.evergreengardenworks.com/cuttings.htm[/url]

[url]https://www.bonsai4me.com/Basics/Basics_Propogation.html[/url]

[url]https://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/lppi/index.html[/url]

Norm

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