|How To Grow
- Hydrate your peat pellet with water
- Sow your Bonsai seeds
- Place in a sunny position
- Water when necessary
For comprehensive instructions, refer to the instructions booklet included in your kit, or download below.
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Pine Bonsai Growing Tips
Mr Fothergill’s pine bonsai are supplied with the seeds of Pinus patula or ‘’Mexican Weeping Pine’’. This evergreen species of tree originates from Mexico and features fine feathery needles that take on an interesting weeping or drooped appearance.
Popularly grown in Eastern Australia as full size specimens they show a good tolerance to periods of drought and cold. When germinating Pines, it can be helpful to consider the following tips to get them off to a great start:
- Autumn and Spring are ideal temperatures for sowing Pines, this is because they will germinate best in soil temperatures of about 15-20°C. Pine may struggle to germinate well in soil that is too warm.
- Pines can be quite slow going, taking at times 30 to even 60 days to germinate. It is important to monitor your pots in this time period for germination and not to discard them too soon.
- The seeds should be sown at a shallow depth as light assists them in the germination process. Make sure you only cover your seeds with a fine sprinkling of soil and keep moist at all times. By placing out of direct sunlight to begin with it can help the medium from drying out too quickly.
- In some instances, stratifying the pine seeds will improve germination. This technique is required for the Maple bonsai and can be useful for the Pines, refer to the Maple instructions above for instructions on stratifying your seeds. If you are more strapped for time, try placing your pine seeds in the refrigerator for 24 hours prior to sowing.