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Germination of

Acer palmatum atropurpureum

Redleaf Maple Bonsai Tree - Acer palmatum, Japanese Maple, Red Maple

Acer palmatum atropurpureum

Acer palmatum atropurpureum and Acer rubrum are both relatively easy to germinate from seed. To begin, stratify the seeds by soaking them in water for 24 hours, then placing them in a plastic bag with moist peat moss and refrigerating for 60-90 days at 34-41�F. After stratification, sow the seeds in well-draining soil and lightly cover with a thin layer of soil or sand. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, and place the container in a warm location with bright, indirect light. Germination should occur in 1-3 months, depending on the species.

Some of plants may have very have specific germination requirements that may not be covered in these general instructions. 

Many seeds require pre-treatment before sowing which we try to list here when we can, but this information may not be present here.  Germination times and germination temperatures are to be a guide only.  Many factors can DRASTICALLY affect this.


It's always a good idea to research the specific germination requirements from multiple sources for each plant before attempting to grow them from seed.

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