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#1: New to bonsai

Posted on 2006-07-21 16:57:53 by Mattb

Hello,

I am new to bonsai and have just bought 10 trident maple seeds and have
just started scarification. I am told to leave them for 24 hours to
soak then dry them out and place i a clear plastiv bag in the
refrigerator for 90 days to start germination. Is this accurate to what
I should do? and all advice will be helpful thanks. :-)

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#2: Re: New to bonsai

Posted on 2006-07-21 18:34:28 by Donald Wagner

Mattb wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I am new to bonsai and have just bought 10 trident maple seeds and have
> just started scarification. I am told to leave them for 24 hours to
> soak then dry them out and place i a clear plastiv bag in the
> refrigerator for 90 days to start germination. Is this accurate to what
> I should do? and all advice will be helpful thanks. :-)
>
This kind of stuff blows me away. Just unbelievable.

I always heard that putting it in dirt and adding water would work
great. Scarification wasn't even suggested when God made seeds.

Will it work? Probably. Can you just put them in dirt in a shady
place(for this time of year) and keep the dirt moist to start viable
trees? most likely. Most importantly, don't let pottoed trees freeze in
the winter, but keep them cold.

I have to qualify this with the fact that I am a layman and no master,
so YMMV. BUT, that seems like a lot of work to make seds into trees to
work with.

Donald

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#3: Re: New to bonsai

Posted on 2006-07-21 18:40:58 by Donald Wagner

Donald Wagner wrote:
> Mattb wrote:
>> Hello,
>>
>> I am new to bonsai and have just bought 10 trident maple seeds and have
>> just started scarification. I am told to leave them for 24 hours to
>> soak then dry them out and place i a clear plastiv bag in the
>> refrigerator for 90 days to start germination. Is this accurate to what
>> I should do? and all advice will be helpful thanks. :-)
>>
> This kind of stuff blows me away. Just unbelievable.
>
> I always heard that putting it in dirt and adding water would work
> great. Scarification wasn't even suggested when God made seeds.
>
> Will it work? Probably. Can you just put them in dirt in a shady
> place(for this time of year) and keep the dirt moist to start viable
> trees? most likely. Most importantly, don't let pottoed trees freeze in
> the winter, but keep them cold.
>
> I have to qualify this with the fact that I am a layman and no master,
> so YMMV. BUT, that seems like a lot of work to make seds into trees to
> work with.
>
> Donald

Ugggh! My spelling is atrocious.

D

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#4: Re: New to bonsai

Posted on 2006-07-21 19:04:15 by Mattb

So have you actually grown any without using those methods, anyway ive
left 9 seeds soaking and tried planting one and see if I get any
results, if i do i will plant the rest and if not i will continue with
the other methods.

Many thanks mate

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#5: Re: New to bonsai

Posted on 2006-07-21 20:12:49 by Donald Wagner

Mattb wrote:
> So have you actually grown any without using those methods, anyway ive
> left 9 seeds soaking and tried planting one and see if I get any
> results, if i do i will plant the rest and if not i will continue with
> the other methods.
>
> Many thanks mate
>

Not tridents, but I have taken reds right from under their parent and
had good results. The tree is defoliated right now, but budding up
again nicely(I am shooting for leaf smalling).

Good luck! Let us know your results.

Donald

Let us all know your results.

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