Recently I was given a bonsai (盆栽) plant to grow…
I was really excited as I’ve been wanting to have a go at growing a bonsai for a while, although I know it’s notoriously difficult. It’s a ‘kuromatsu’ (黒松) bonsai, or a ‘Japanese Black Pine’. This type of tree is native to coastal areas of Japan’s islands Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku, but does not naturally grow in Hokkaido. Let’s see if it will grow in Bristol!
The pack comes with a lovely ceramic pot, soil and some seeds. The instructions were in Japanese so I asked a Japanese friend to help me read them to make sure I didn’t do anything wrong.
First I put the little mesh in the bottom of the ceramic pot, and then filled the pot with soil. There’s a hole in the bottom, so I put it on a plate.
The instructions said to make sure the soil was wet right through by stirring it a bit.
Then you make a dent and put the seeds in.
And then you wait.
Come on little seeds – do your thing! Perhaps one day I could have something like this…