BONSAI - JAPANESE RED CEDAR LOBBII Cryptomeria 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.
Cryptomeria japonica is extensively used in forestry plantations in Japan, China and the Azores islands, and is widely cultivated as an ornamental tree in other temperate areas, including Britain, Europe, North America and eastern Himalaya regions of Nepal and India. There are numerous dwarf cultivars that are widely used in rock gardens and for bonsai, including this one!
Hardiness zones: 6 and up
Location: Sun or part
Uses: Bonsai, or standard garden (non-Bonsai) use
Seeds per pack: 10
Germination: Soak in water, let stand in water for 12 hours. Plant 2-3 seeds in each pot, just under the surface of a seed-start mix. Water, and cold stratify for 90 days (a refrigerator works well). If you are starting your seeds during the cool weather, the pots can be placed in a cold garage. 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.