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Germinating bonsai seeds

AngieSmashAngieSmash Posts: 28
My daughter bought a bonsai kit  We planted seeds, covered in polythene and left for 3wks. Instructions now say to put them in the fridge for 3-6wks but we've noticed that some are already sprouting. Seems daft to keep those in the fridge when they've already germinated but should we take them all out or just the sprouting ones?


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,854
    The cold process is known as stratification and is designed to fool seeds into thinking they've had a winter and it's now safe to germinate and grow as spring is here.  Separate out the ones which have germinated and pot them up individually to grow on.  Use tweezers or the end of a pencil to move them and touch only the leaves, not the stems which are fragile and easily damaged.

    Put the rest, with their compost, in a plastic bag in a fridge as instructed.
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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    If they're sprouting I'd pot them up Angie.

    The ones that haven't could just be slow or duffers. You could leave the non starters in the fridge if you want. Depends how many trees you'd like to grow.

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