Misho is a Japanese term that refers to planting, growing, and cultivating bonsai from a seed. The advantage of growing bonsai this way is that you can have complete control over how you would want the plants to grow and flourish.

If you are interested to learn the basics of planting and growing a bonsai tree, below is a guide for you to follow.

Things You Need

Like any other activity, you first need to have the right materials and equipment. This will help ensure that your trees will get the proper treatment and care, allowing them to grow to their full glory. With that said, here are the things every beginner should have:

1. Bonsai Soil

There is a particular type of soil that is ideal for growing a tree. To ensure that your tree will grow healthily and prosperously, make sure to use high-quality bonsai soil. If you are unsure whether you have the right type, ask us or check out our soil range.

2. Bonsai Pot

When starting to grow trees from seeds, use a pot that has ample draining holes. This will help ensure that the seedlings will have enough access to a continuous flow of water and air. Also, make sure to put a mesh over the hole to prevent unwanted soil loss.

3. Bonsai Seeds

As there are different trees in the market, you will also have various seeds to choose from. Regardless of which type you purchase, make sure to sow three to five seeds into the pot. This is because one germinates would need such a number of seedlings to grow.

Guide to Proper Planting and Growing of Bonsai Tree Seeds

For your trees to thrive, you must follow the basic guidelines on planting and growing. Although the process is somewhat similar to that of other plants, there are some specific guidelines and requirements needed for proper growth.

1. Scarify seeds

Scarification is the process of germinating seeds by placing it in the refrigerator for a few days or so. Not all seeds need scarification, so make sure to research yours first. Also, this process will vary depending on your type of seed.

2. Place soil in the pot

When placing soil in the container, make sure that it is at least two inches deep to provide adequate bedding for your seedlings. As mentioned, you should put a mesh over the holes of the pot to prevent soil loss. Once done, water it generously and let it dry outside.

3. Sow tree seeds

Once the soil has dried, sow your seeds and provide a 2-inch space between them. For the seeds to germinate appropriately, make sure to place them in a warm, sunny area outside. However, if you want to keep them inside your home, use a warming pad underneath to provide enough heat.

4. Water generously

A bonsai seed needs adequate watering and daily misting to encourage it to germinate and sprout properly. Once your seeds have sprouted, make sure that they remain slightly moist most of the time.

5. Fertilise seeds

Fertilisation is only recommended once your seeds have grown at least two sets of leaves. Make sure not to overdo by sprinkling just a small amount of fertilizer.

6. Repot your tree

After a year, your tree should have grown a healthy root and trunk. To allow it to grow larger, transfer it to a larger pot to prepare it for training and styling in the next few years.


Like any other plant, growing a bonsai tree requires consistent care and patience. Bonsai trees grow slowly, so you need to make sure to care for yours properly to encourage healthy growth. To do that, ensure that you have the right materials and equipment. Most of all, you should follow the basics of growing a bonsai tree from scarification to repotting.

If you want to buy a bonsai starter kit in Australia, check out our online Bonsai Shop! We sell various bonsai seeds, tools, and accessories to let you start a wonderful journey of bonsai planting.