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Indigenous Seeds for Bonsai

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Please select your seed variety from the drop down list above.

As we all by now know, there is no such thing as special bonsai seeds. All seeds used to grow bonsai would develop the same way as the full sized parent plant.

There is however much truth in the fact that seed collected from specific parent plants with desirable characteristics are preferred to those which are not.

I have identified and selected from our indigenous flora, species most suited and easy to cultivate from seed. Our seed is supplied by leading seed specialists that regularly go on collecting trips and in this way ensure the seed is as fresh as possible.

Sowing Guidelines

This applies to South Africa only

The seeds marked "Sow Sp" are summer growing from the summer rainfall area and they usually require a drier resting period in winter. These species are best sown in late spring to midsummer when conditions are warmer.

The plants marked "Sow Au" are from the Mediterranean winter rainfall area of the Cape. They grow in winter & usually need drier conditions in summer. For those of you who live in the higher latitudes (above 40°) the plants marked "Sow Au" should probably be sown in early spring. However, remember that the majority of the species from our Mediterranean area need a marked temperature differentiation between day & night, (day ±25°C, night ±8°C) to trigger germination. Therefore do not try to germinate these seeds in a constant temperature hot or glass house.

For more suggestions on how to grow your seeds visit this page.

We currently stock:

  1. Acacia galipini (Monkey-thorn) Sow Sp.
  2. Diospyros whyteana (Bladder-nut) Sow Au/Sp
  3. Celtis Africana (White Stinkwood) Sow Sp.
  4. Podocarpus falcatus (Outeniqua Yellowwood) Sow Sp.
  5. Ficus Natalensis (Natal Fig) Sow Sp.
  6. Olea europaea subsp. africana (Wild Olive) Sow Sp.

To ensure success with these seeds please purchase our Professional Seedling Mix and sow your seeds in plastic trays; select from our numerous sizes here.

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    Bonsai Tree Indigenous Seeds for Bonsai Review

    1st Purchase- huge success

    So far amazing!! I have 5 seedlings that have popped up so far which I am so proud of! Delivery was quick, service was excellent and I am so happy. Next purchase will be the baobab bonsai!

    Cleara H.
    South Africa South Africa
    Bonsai Tree Indigenous Seeds for Bonsai Review

    Great Product

    I had a great experience i loved my new pots, and seedlings already growing, thank you so much

    Mangaliso N.
    South Africa South Africa
    Bonsai Tree Indigenous Seeds for Bonsai Review

    Happy with purchase

    This is my second time trying to attempt propagating a bonsai from seeds. I had no luck the first time and am sure that I can attribute that to using the wrong soil and not following the proper scarification processes. I planted my new seeds in the professional seedling mix and two of the acacia seeds actually started sprouting by Day 2! They are growing quite fast, I am impressed, currently waiting for the other seeds to germinate but do expect them to take a bit longer. Very impressed with my purchase and very grateful for the online resources!

    Zita H.
    South Africa South Africa
    Bonsai Tree Indigenous Seeds for Bonsai Review

    Spectacular Service and Products! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    My fiance bought x2 types of bonsai seeds and a Venus Fly Trap plant for me. To say the least,we were completely blown away. This was our first time ordering and we received a personalized email as well as a wonderful card in our box. It is absolutely amazing to see that such high quality customer care and quality of goods still exists! Terry, you have made regulars out of us and the extra mile of effort you put into our order was noticed and appreciated beyond words! We are extremely appreciative of the extra goodies in the box too! Can't wait to place our next order! Warmest regards Candice and Johannes


    Bonsai Tree

    Thank you so much Candice and Johannes, I cannot tell you how welcome and timely your kind compliments were at the time of reading them.

    Bonsai Tree Indigenous Seeds for Bonsai ReviewBonsai Tree Indigenous Seeds for Bonsai Review

    Celtis Africana (White Stinkwood) seed Germination

    Delivery and product quality was excellent as usual. One of my Celtis Africana seeds has finally germinated. I am very excited. If possible, it would be great if seed preparation and planting instructions could be added onto the label as well.

    Aneshen G.
    South Africa South Africa

    Bonsai Tree

    Thank you Aneshen for your review and suggestion. Your feedback is most appreciated. We do have basic instructions on a page accessible on the website, we also email the same to you a couple days after your order is sent. However it would be nice to include printed instructions I agree. Thank you again.