BONSAI - JAPANESE CAMELIA Camellia japonica
Bonsai is a Japanese word, and translated it means “planted in a container”. This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, and was redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism.
The goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniaturized representation of nature in the form of a tree.
Growing Bonsai from seeds gives you complete growth control from the earliest stage possible. It can be very rewarding to see your miniature tree develop into maturity!
We select our Bonsai seeds according to plants that perform well in this art form. These seeds can also be used for garden (non-Bonsai) use.
Camellia japonica, known as common camellia, Japanese camellia, or tsubaki in Japanese, is one of the best known species of the genus Camellia. Sometimes called the rose of winter, it belongs to the family Theaceae. It is the official state flower of the US state of Alabama.
Hardiness zones: 6-9
Location: Sun or
Uses: Bonsai, or standard garden (non-Bonsai) use
Seed size: Large
Seeds per pack: 3
Germination: Soak the seeds in hot tap water, let stand in water for 24 hours. Obtain a sterile seed-start mix, and place 1-2 seeds in each pot, and lightly cover it with soil. Water thoroughly. If you are starting your seeds in a warm season, place the pots in a plastic bag, and place them in a refrigerator for 8 weeks. If you are starting your seeds during the cool weather, the pots can be placed in a cold garage for 4-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the pots in a warm, sunny spot. You should see the first sign of germination within the next few days or weeks, depending on the variety. Generally a 10-60 day range is normal for the first signs of growth. When the seedlings are about 5cm (2") tall, remove any additional plants and leave only the strongest seedling in each pot. The removed seedlings can be planted in a garden or elsewhere if desired.