Rain Tree For Mini Bonsai From Seed & Seed Scarification – (subtitles available)

Rain Tree For Mini Bonsai From Seed & Seed Scarification – (subtitles available)

Hi, today I’m going to be showing you 3 things – one is my hybrid-ponics rooting system, it’s not hydroponics, it is
hybrid-ponics, soil & water, then I will show you some growth comparisons of
my raintree seedlings & 3rd is I will show you how to germinate these tough seeds of raintree, using a process called scarification so, this is my hybrid ponics set up, the
way it is kept on my balcony. the newspaper roll prevents algae growth in the water by blocking sunlight. I will now take out the seedling into this mug
of water so that I can then begin cleaning my water container thermocol I’m taking out is used to
block the light coming from the top the inside walls of the container has a
brown residue from the roots which is easily cleaned using an old paintbrush weekly once now I add two caps of dissolved NPK
fertilizer to freshwater and stir. time to get the Raintree seedling back home add some extra water making sure the
water level is a bit below the pot bottom soon I will explain the benefit
of this hydroponic system of growing in soil and water. these are 2 seedlings
growing in bonsai soil mix in a bigger pot. they are just 2 months older than
the one I showed earlier. the holes on the sides are for air pruning and root
aeration. this seedling is the exact same age as the one with roots in water. as a
test I melted only four holes on the bottom plenty of drainage holes, instead of just one hole usually seen in small bonsai pots this seedling was potted differently as
part of my experimentation … tada the roots have successfully escaped the
bottle into coco peat. time to prune the extra roots instead of using the older cap on the
left, having just 4 holes, i am replacing it with a new cap on the right,
having more holes now it’s time to clean up the discarded
roots and put the cocopeat back into the pot these 2 seedlings are 3.5
months old and were germinated at the same time. what I want to show you is the
comparison of the trunk thickness in this fun experiment. the trunk on the
right is twice as thick as the one on the left despite the same age and pot
size the amount of soil in both these pots is
the same but it is this extra root mass and the fertilizer for it it that is
responsible for the extra trunk thickness. in my experience the roots grow faster in
water than in soil and a dense root structure absorbs more nutrition and
hence, the plant grows faster. now these 2 seedlings on the left are older by
just one month and compared to the one on the right. when I hold them
side-by-side it is easy to spot the thicker trunk of the seedling on the
right. I am surprised that this much volume of soil still has not produced a
trunk of this thickness, though both were given the similar NPK enriched water and
similar frequency. please note that this is a fun experiment and not a science
test. on comparing the trunk thickness of these 4.5 months old
seedlings, I noticed that the bigger pot on the right produced a thicker trunk
than the smaller one on left and these 2 seedlings are of the same
age but there is a huge difference in their trunks. the point I am making is
that these extra roots absorb extra nutrition and hence result in faster
growth. I kept it short by pinching the tops more frequently than the ones in
bigger pots. I can periodically cut up this sacrificial roots with scissors and
end up with a pot looking like this, with no hint of its past history at all. it
would appear that a tiny pot has beaten a a bigger pot in terms of growth rate and
trunk thickness. you might judge the seedlings growth by a tiny pot size but
what is missing is the extra story over here and there is no transplant shock if
I do it this way. the raintree seeds do not germinate easily due to a tough
waterproof outer coating. the pointed end of the seed is where the new
root will sprout from and for these hard seeds to germinate,
the waterproof outer shell has to be damaged first thru a technique called
scarification. one way to do this is to nip the round end of the seed with a
nail cutter or plier. you can also scrape it on a rough surface. as seen here i had
already clipped or nipped outer shell and made it vulnerable to water. make
sure you do this on the round end opposite to the pointed end, else
you might easily damage the seed the pointed end is where the root will come
out and germinate from. so, scarify the back end. here is a side-by-side
comparison of the 2 seeds and a close-up view of the scarified seed. I
will now soak this clarified seed in water and this one is not scarified but I am
putting this also in water for comparison. i have tried soaking the normal seeds up to a month and there has been no change at all because the water could
not penetrate the outer shell of the seed. but this scarified seed will swell
up in 24 hours and the outer seed coat will simply break apart and can be
scraped away with your nail and you will see a small root tip coming
out from this pointed end. so that is how you germinate a Raintree from seed. if you
simply put them in water or soil it is not going to germinate. the seed coat is
totally waterproof. maybe if you put many seeds one odd seed might germinate but
scarification is the better way. I read on the internet that the seeds that float
are not good for germination I have not verified this and blindly
followed it but I intend to verify it at a later time the seed is placed into a mixture of
coco peat and rough sand. the medium is not important. you can put any medium in
this and within a few days I should have the roots coming out from the bottom. lots of holes have been drilled or melted this is sand.
I’ll be keeping it in this for the time being. just press it in, when the roots come
out I will lift it, cut it, put it back again again more roots will come out, i lift,
cut, put back again. so once I have multiple roots coming out from the base
then the plan for this is to go into a container like this. this is a one liter
bottle or 1.5 i think, ya this is 1.5 so, the neck has been cut and this
was the cap of this bottle so, once the roots have formed I will put it
into this and the roots will grow vertically down and once the roots reach
the base I will cut it off again and then the side branching will start. so,
pretty soon I will have a very dense network of roots here and my tree should not
exceed this height. the seedling will definitely come till this height and then
only start giving leaves so that’s the minimum. so I am going to keep
it at that size so that’s the plan

68 thoughts on “Rain Tree For Mini Bonsai From Seed & Seed Scarification – (subtitles available)

  1. I pllan on doing that with some sour sop seeds I have to get a thick trunk base. Thanks for the idea Vinny. I don't have coco peet here but will try something else.

  2. I love the look of this little rain tree and it proves how successful this setup is.And the added benefit of this setup I can see is you don't have to worry about watering even if you have to go away for few days as normally a pot this size might need daily watering.Great idea Vinny !

  3. Hello sir, nice video. I am also experimenting things that you show in your videos. It's great video with new technique of growing bonsai from the traditional way. Sir what is this rain tree. How can we get it. It's look same as tramrid seed (imli).

  4. Hi Vinny! Just discover your videos and I couldn´t stop reading some of yours articles. I like the hybrid-ponics idea a lot. As you said, it´s nor a replacement but what's about using it for training to make seed grow faster. I´m going to reproduce the experiment, but I have a few questions:
    1. Watering: do you put water on the small pot or just add/water to the hydroponic container? In second case, how the small pot never get dry if water never reach it? Isn´t it a problem?
    2. Do you ever prune roots at small pot bottom level? I wonder if roots would grow if water doesn´t reach it…
    You should make an detailed article about this experiment, please!!!!
    And thanks for sharing!

  5. Excuse me, How come the roots of the tree don't rot? Rotting of roots from overwatering is the biggest problem I have. So many plants I had died from it.


  6. what kind of little white balls are those? Possibly just a normal styrofoam ball? Also would bonsai soil work instead of sand or whatever the planting medium is for the hybrid hydroponics rain tree.

  7. Hello Vinny nice video. Its really interesting to see your hybrid ponics project and to know that it's really effective in faster growth. I'm a bonsai enthusiast from Kerala and now starting to grow some trees. What is the soil mix that you use in the pot just above the water? What is the proportion of NPK fertilizer that you are using and is it the powder form or liquid form you dissolve in water? From what age of the seedling can we start fertilizing it? It would be of great help if you could find time to reply my queries. Thanks once again for a nice video.

  8. Hello Vinny I just got me some Zelkova Serrata Seeds and I wanted to ask that I saw a video of germination being done by a paper towel, hydrogen Peroxide and Plastic bag. Should I do Scarification before I put it on the paper towel and wet it or is that method still good with out Scarification?

  9. In the video you made you put two capfuls of something in the water after you used the brush to clean the brown residue…..what was that…. I couldn't make it out what you said?

  10. 1)should i scarify the tip or the round edge?
    2)my rain tree bonsai is about 50 years old but its tap root broke my beautiful bonsai pot what should i do?
    3)my delonix regia bonsais trunk has termites in it how to kill them
    4)nice video.

  11. I am a bonsai beginner. I appreciate the fact that you have filmed patiently after proper progress and compiled in this one video. The techniques you showed appeal to me and i shall try out germinating a rain tree seed to start off with. I am currently experimenting with rooting of cuttings. Thanks for making this video!

  12. sir i loved the hydroponics way u grow seeds or cuttings & roots as well but can we shift the tree to the hydroponics bottle which is already grown up in soil ?? because my ficus religiosa trees are not growing much roots

  13. Excellent Vinny.
    Which months of the year should I try germinating raintree seeds? Will Oct. and Nov. be fine or else?

  14. I cannot grow those seeds. Third time in a row, the result is the same. They just rot. It's extremely frustrating.

  15. Hi nice video but the music is very irritating. If you watch your other videos without music it is so much better.

  16. Will the thermocol pearls stop the mosquitoes from breeding their larvae?? This is the problem I face…

  17. Hello friend I am starting with the bonsai world I have some rain tree seeds and they have a month but I live in a very cold country you could help me as I do to keep them I want to make bonsai with them but I live in a frozen country I have the plants in a mini greenhouse

  18. Hi Vineet ji….
    I have germinated lemon seed 3 month before and now it become 3 month old plant with half feet of height in sand soil mixture.. now can I transfer it in to hybrid system as in this rain tree vedio…?

  19. Hey Vinnie, I love those little Bonsais!!
    I am currently starting to plant some Tamarind, which I will put in a similar setting like you 🙂
    The seeds started growing only after 3 days :O
    Many greetings!!

  20. Your are doing wonders buddy! Thanks for sharing all the useful information. I love that fact that you do everything our of recycled material so its its very educational, fun and nature friendly!

  21. Thank you for this simple trick. I had some seeds sitting in water and some put in soil. Nothin happened for 3 weeks and then I clipped the ends like shown in your video on new seeds. They started getting thick and big within less than 24 hours. Did this on all of them and all of them are showing reaction.

  22. Sir..aapke samjhane ka tarika bahut achha hai. Please hindi me bhi sari jankari dia kare to bahot se logo ko fayda hoga.

  23. My trees have already germinated from the seed, how many time should I have them in their first pot? They have been there for about a month, when should I move them to a bigger pot? Thanks for the help

  24. You no idea how much your experiments have inspired me to continue balcony gardening despite Delhi's harsh weather. Thanks Vinny!!

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