Misho Bonsai Growing Kit


"Misho"- Means planting and cultivating seeds - in Japanese.

Just choose the species you would like to grow, and our 100% Guarantee means that you can be sure these seeds will germinate and grow. In the unlikely event your seeds do not germinate. We will replace them with a living seedling* for no charge. 

All of our Misho Bonsai Tree Growing Kits include the following:

  • 100% Guaranteed Germination
  • Pack of Seeds true to the species stated
  • Mini-Greenhouse
  • Growing Medium Mixture
  • Perlite
  • Detailed instructions for every stage of the process

Following Misho Bonsai Growing Kits Available:

  • Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
  • Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii)
  • Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum)
  • Coastal Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
  • Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

Planting and growing a tree from seed is a rewarding process, although it takes a long time to form a spectacular Bonsai in this manner. The joy and pride of starting a living artwork from seed and watching it mature are unrivalled.  

As a supplier of Living Bonsai and Pre-Bonsai, we were hesitant to offer any seeds, as the success rate of most seeds germinating is meagre. And it has been a challenge to find a reputable supplier that would stand behind their seeds as we stand behind the quality of our trees. 

That has all changed Now. 

All our seeds and grow kits are in collaboration with a California-based supplier. The Jonsteen company has been in the reforestation and tree-growing business since 1992. Their products can be found in the following places: 

 Disney Logo Smithsonian Logo National Park Service Logo Whitehouse Logo American Museum & Natural History Logo US national Arboretum Logo

And now:

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*Some species cannot be shipped to Canada as seedlings from California, so a seed replacement will be shipped instead.

**The customer will pay the shipping cost for the replacement seedling or seed package. 


Soil (Substrate)

Bonsai soils are usually a mixture of organic potting compost (Pine Bark or Forest Floor), Akadamapumice, lava rock in varying amounts. 

It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai. 

Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own. 


Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures. 

Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)

50% Akadama

20% Pumice

20% Lava Rock

10% Potting Compost


Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)

1/3 Akadama

1/3 Pumice

1/3 Lava Rock


If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix. 

Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required. 


Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.

  • Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute. 
  • Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
  • Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it. 



One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.


Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Karin L. (Toronto, CA)

They arrived quickly and the packaging is really cute!

They're Xmas gifts for family, so I'm not sure how the kits are, but very pleased with the presentation

Elisabeth Henderson (L'Assomption, CA)
Fast delivery

Superb product and fast delivery!!!!

Matt Brown (Red Lake, CA)
Great little kits

Shipped quickly, great customer service. Definitely looking forward to growing these tiny trees!

Nancy Reimer (St. Catharines, CA)
This is a unique idea Gets 5 stars from me

I love this idea and the change of starting a tree from seed. It will be my baby for sure. I know I won't live to see it mature but it can be passed on to my plant loving children Thanks for the opportunity of creating a "family tree" in the true sense of the word.

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