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Banyan Tree Seeds for Bonsai (Ficus benghalensis) - Zone 10 - 100+ Seeds

Banyan Tree Seeds for Bonsai (Ficus benghalensis) - Zone 10 - 100+ Seeds

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Banyan trees are known for their distinctive aerial roots and large spreading canopies, making them an intriguing choice for bonsai enthusiasts. The Ficus benghalensis species, native to the Indian Subcontinent, is particularly well-suited for bonsai due to its resilience and unique growth patterns.

Characteristics:
Aerial Roots: Banyan trees are characterized by their dramatic aerial roots, which cascade down from the branches, forming additional trunks and creating a mesmerizing visual display.
Canopy and Branch Structure: These trees typically feature intricate branching patterns, which provide endless possibilities for creating visually appealing bonsai designs.
Growth Pattern: Banyan bonsais grow more slowly than their wild counterparts due to the restricted growth environment. The growth rate is quicker in young trees but slows down as they age.
Styling:
Banyan bonsai trees can be styled in various traditional bonsai techniques, such as formal upright, informal upright, slanting, cascade, and semi-cascade styles. Each style offers a unique aesthetic interpretation of nature’s beauty.

Light and Temperature: Banyan bonsai trees thrive in bright, indirect light and warm, tropical climates. They should be protected from extreme cold or frost.
Watering and Humidity: Proper watering is crucial, and the soil should be moist but well-draining. Humidity levels are important, especially in drier climates or during winter months.
Soil and Fertilization: They require well-draining soil and should be fertilized every two to four weeks during the growing season with a balanced bonsai fertilizer.

Hardiness: Zone 10 (Tropical)
Seed Source: India
Stratification: none required
Scarification: Soak 24 hours in warm water. Plant 1/4 deep and cover lightly with soil. Use a clean cover for humidity like a plastic dome lid, glass or a plastic. Germinates starts in a few weeks and can take several months to finish. Transplant into pots. Banyan trees thrive in warm climates and require rich soil with good drainage.

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