BEWARE OF FAKE SEED SELLERS!
Unfortunately there are many sellers claiming to sell “SUPER RARE” Bonsai seeds. They tend to be fluorescent, bright colours that look appealing but are simply not real.
These seeds are not only mislabelled, but you don’t really know what seeds you will receive which could be harmful to your health or the plant life in your home.
General Rule of Thumb
If the tree does not exist in nature…
It is impossible to exist as a Bonsai…
Poor Photo Editing
Fake seeds often feature photos of real versions of the Bonsai tree but with edited colours. Look out for other parts of the photo which have similar colours to the edited leaves that do not belong.
"RARE" in the title
The term “RARE” in product titles boosts the appearance in search results and attract more buyers. Search for the type of seeds advertised on a search engine to find what the tree actually looks like. If you cannot find anything similar, this is an indication that the seeds are fake.
STRANGE STORE LISTINGS
Does the shop sell lots of different things that are not Bonsai or even garden related? Ask yourself, why would a DIY store or an electrical store be selling rare seeds?
Report Suspected Fake Seeds
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The very important process of breaking the dormancy of your seeds to prepare them for germination.