CHINESE FIRETHORN Yunnan pyracantha fortuneana

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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.

Chinese firethorn or Yunnan firethorn, is a species of Firethorn. It is a short shrub. It is cultivated for its decorative bright red pome fruit (inaccurately called berries). The flowers are white. It survives in warm climates. It cannot tolerate frost, but it can withstand drought. This species originates from central China, and has become naturalized across parts of Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Hardiness zones: 6-12 outdoors, or grow indoors as Bonsai houseplant

Location: Sun or part shade

Uses: Bonsai, or standard garden (non-Bonsai) use

Seeds per pack: 10

Germination: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours. Plant 2-3 seeds in each pot, just under the surface of a seed-start mix. Place the pot(s) in a cold area or fridge for 90 days. They will not grow yet. Then bring them to warmth. 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.

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