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Gardening

Bonsai Tree Project

So, Song had this Bonsai tree kit that Craig gave her. It had been sitting around for a while so I decided to follow the instructions and see if I could grow us some Bonsai trees.

The kit comes with three kinds of seeds: Silver Birch (Betchula Pendula), Red Maple (Acer Rubrum) & Mountain Pine (Pinus Mugo Pumilio). The kit comes with 6 Growing Pots, 6 Peat Blocks, 6 Plant Markers & 6 Sealable Propagator Bags.

I soaked the seeds and planted them in the pots. Then I let them sit for two weeks. The instructions say follow this with 4 weeks of refrigeration before they sprout. The Pine sprouted after just the two weeks. I put the Maple and the Birch in Song's Fridge for the 4 week "stratification" period, and brought the Pine sprouts home to watch them until they are strong enough to pot.


I just hope I can keep them alive. According to the internet the Dwarf Mugo Pine is hardy and works well for this. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Comments

Good luck with them!
Thanks. I haven't killed them yet, so there is still hope.
I saw them in the fridge on Sunday.
Those are the Silver Birch and the Red Maple in the fridge doing their "stratification" thing.

I hope you and Song had a good time.
We did! Though she shouldn't have Indian food!