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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: eascusa on May 12, 2019, 01:45 PM

Title: Need help my Bonsai's stopped growing and flame tree seed won't come up
Post by: eascusa on May 12, 2019, 01:45 PM
Hello everyone! I am really hoping you guys can help me. Otherwise I am out of luck. I got Bonsai seeds in a package with fertilizer and cups for Christmas from my son. I love the thought of growing and having Bonsai tress. In this package and what I want to talk about is the (Pinus Aristata) or Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, (Picea Abies) or Norway Spruce and most importantly the (Delonix Regia) or Flame tree. Since they come with soil, cups, and instructions I did everything the way it said to do it. Now here is my problem. The first two Bonsai's mentioned and all 5 seeds in each container that I planted started coming up. They got to about 3 inches and stopped growing. They have been in this state now without growth for like 3 months. Their not dead. Just not growing. O.K. and for the last one. My Flame tree. It didn't come up at all. After several months and after I fertilized it once just in case it needed it I dug the seeds out to see if they were still there or if they disintegrated. Well, I dug out the two big ones and it appears that the other 3 that were planted I guess disintegrated because they are not there anymore. But the two seeds I dug out looked like they weren't touched. They look the same way as when they went in. I started thinking maybe it didn't get enough water? But the other 3 must have because they decomposed or whatever. I am so frustrated. I have been at it since the beginning of February. That is when I planted them. The first two look really good. They started building their first little green branches off the stem. But then like I said just stopped. I have them in a window that has the most light in my house. However, not direct sun light. I make sure that their soil doesn't go completely dry because they are so young still. And are still only seeds  for the one. But I don't soak them or anything. What do I do? Or what can I do? Does anyone have a flame tree that they started as a seed? Should I start over with the flame tree seeds and put them in new fertilizer? Is there a way to start getting roots by putting the seeds in a plastic bag with a wet paper towel like you would with bean seeds to get the roots started? And then plant them when they get some roots growing out of the seed? Should I start all 3 of them over with new fertilizer? I live in zone 8b or 9a I can't tell which one on the map. But according to what I read they should be fine.  And why did the others just stop growing yet are not dead. Am I being too impatient? It's just they seem to grow at a steady fast rate at first and then just stopped all together. So I don't know. Any help would be appreciated. I really want to show my son some day the trees he gave me for Christmas. And I love plants and trees. I have many. I would like to think I have a green thumb.
Title: Re: Need help my Bonsai's stopped growing and flame tree seed won't come up
Post by: Potawatomi13 on June 22, 2019, 04:24 AM
Good work keeping seedlings alive so far.  Do the growing containers have holes in bottom?  Have you kept them outside at all?  They need to be there or they will die.  As for the Flame Tree seeds maybe they are past viability period?  If still having any seed for Flame Tree try planting outside.
When putting seedlings outside put in partial sun or dappled shade 3 or 4 weeks to avoid sunburn.  After can put in full sun most of day.  Best of fortune with them.
Title: Re: Need help my Bonsai's stopped growing and flame tree seed won't come up
Post by: eascusa on July 02, 2019, 10:45 AM
Thanks for the post. I am afraid to put anything outside because we are in early summer here and it gets up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of my plants don't survive it. Should I still put them outside? Since I last posted I have the same two that spouted in a sunny window and although they are growing very slow they are growing. But my Flame tree still has not come up. I ended up digging for the seeds to see if they are still there. Two of them dissolved while the other two looked as though nothing has touched them. They look the exact same. So I soaked them for a couple of hours again and then re potted them. Putting them not so deep into the soil as before. But it has been at least three months and still nothing. Do I need to do a stratification with them and put them in the fridge for a while? Or something else? Should I use some other soil? They are also in a sunny however non direct light window. Should I chip them? I here some people do that to help? Any advise would be great/ Oh, and when do I repot put my other seeds that came up. They are only about 2/12 inches long right now with some early green pine needle looking things.