Bonsai Willow Tree

Last November, I cut a twig from a willow tree near my house, put it into water and waited for the roots to grow. They did after a while and so I planted it and from time to time cut it to make it into a nice bonsai. I wouldn’t call it a proper bonsai tree yet, but I like how it has turned out so far.

willow tree

Bonsai Willow Tree

I think willow trees are a good way to start into bonsai. They grow quickly and they are easy to maintain. (My five year old avocado tree died, by the way and my bought olive tree might be dead, too.)

This is the only tree I haven’t grown from seeds.

Here’s a video of it with a 360° view:

Selfmade Pots and More Seeds Germinating

Some days ago, I ate that pomegranate and kept some seeds – 29, to be precise. I wanted to sow them, but I had no pots left. However, I had eaten some Greek style yoghurt which came in nice flat plastic bowls. So, instead of dumping them, I made pots of them. They’re flatter than the pots I bought, which I think is of an advantage, because their roots won’t become as deep as the ones before. And bonsai trees don’t need deep roots anyway.

You need: yoghurt bowls, hand screw driver,
old piece of wood, Stanley knife

Drill some holes into the bottom of the
yoghurt bowl for drainage.
Use the piece of wood to prevent
your table to get spoiled.

As soon as the drill has penetrated
the bottom, you can take  the bowl into
your hand and finish making the hole.

Make as many holes as you like.
More are probably better than less.

If you like, you can leave those thingies
as they are, otherwise…

…use the Stanley knife to carefully
cut them off.

I let the 29 pomegranate seeds in warm water overnight and put 14 in soil into one of the thus made pots and 15 into the other. I couldn’t get all the fruit stuff of them, so I hope that they won’t mildew.

Some of the seeds from the first batch have started germinating. One pomegranate and two myrtle. I thought they were done germinating and had already collected about 10 of the “dead” pomegranate seeds and dumped them. Some of them might have germinated still. Well, too late.

Sowing Update

Following the instructions which came with the olive, pomegranate and myrtle seeds, I put them into the soil today. Well, the pomegranate seeds not into, because they apparently need light for germination.

Pomegranate Seeds

Olive Seeds (covered up by ~ 1cm of soil later)

I used some plastic filing strips to make plantlabels so I know which is which and when I sew it.

Germination period

The olive seeds are supposed to germinate within 4 to 12 weeks, the pomegranate seeds within 2 to 3 weeks and the myrtle within 2 to 5 weeks. This is only the batch from the starter set; I haven’t sown the collected olive seeds from Turkey yet. They all need temperatures between 20 and 25°C. I do hope that I can maintain that warmth in my window sill. I found an old outdoors thermometer, but I’m not sure it is working properly. That goes unto my shopping list.
And this is what my mini green house looks like tonight (without the roof/ lid):

Greenhouse from top left corner clockwise: Myrtle, Pomegranate, Pomegranate, Olive,
Olive, Oak, Unknown, Chestnut

By the way, the twig from Priene has already lost four leaves. I’m quite sure it won’t make it.