First step for creating your own bonsai starts here
The gardeners aim is it to achieve that the seedlings grow like an eye catching in the European climate. The offered treatment is a considerable way to increase the germination of seeds. There is only a little work which needs to be done. The seeds will grow better sized in the following spring period.
Cold period requirement
The plants develop different types of seeds. Several seeds possess an outstanding survival mechanism which has been given by nature. Seed quiescence occurs when a seed fails to sprout because the external conditions in the nature are too cold for that. This is an assistance mechanism to prevent germination during unsuitable ecological conditions, when the possibility of survival is too low. The seed needs a cold period to germinate best. That tactic occurs in the external garden during the wintertime naturally. It makes some sense because new seeds would otherwise germinate in the autumn and the young seedlings would have to overcome a cold winter period. By imitating nature in many ways, gardeners can get a quick start at any time of the year by chilling seeds artificially. This technique is widely known as stratification. Gardeners who have germinated seeds indoors before will have in early spring excellent sized seedlings. This would be a better way as have a tiny piece of naturally sprouted transplants. Many commercial seeds have in principle already been stratified, but those which have been collected in the own garden will need this treatment before they will germinate indoors in pots.
Stratification of seeds
Several mixtures of components can be taken for stratifying seeds. Parts of peat are mostly suitable for smaller seeds. After sifting the raw material, the fine particles can be used. You should moisturize the components. The use of moistened sand combined with peat particles creates a better air supply for the roots. For larger seeds you can use a mix of 50% moistened sand and 50% vermiculite. Vermiculite is a mineral. The aim is to achieve a humidification.
Place a handful of the mix in a small bowl please. Make a hole in the middle and add so many seeds as you like. In addition cover the hole with a little mix at the top. After a short period of time remove the seeds and mixture from the bowl and squeeze out any additional water moderately. Then place the extract into a sealable plastic bag please. You should label the item with the name of the plant and the actual date. Leave it quite in a warm place for three days to allow the seeds to take up more water and swell. The seeds are now ready for chilling.
For chilling place the plastic bag in the refrigerator. Suitable is a drawer, which has the coldest temperature at all. Ideal would be a temperature about 5°C. Please make sure the seeds can’t freeze. Try to shake the bag once or twice a week. By this way you can keep the seeds aerated.
After the required chilling period remove the bag. Now large seeds can be sown out. It should be sown in pots in about four millimetres deep. Move the pots to the warmest sunny place at the window. After a short period of time the seeds can be planted outdoors. You will enjoy this technique because the plants grow later excellent in the garden.