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Ulmus Parvifolia 'Chinese Elm' Seeds

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    1 tan packet of 100 Ulmus Parvifolia 'Chinese Elm' Bonsai Seeds(care guide included)

    Ulmus Parvifolia

    About the seeds:


    beginner | intermediate | advanced

    germination time

    2-4 weeks




    1-3 seeds per nursery pot or greenhouse tray cell

    recommended planter

    2"-4" nursery pot or greenhouse to start (no terra cotta)

    time to maturity

    several years

    seed prep

    pre-soak | scarification | stratification | none


    greenhouse | paper towel method


    temperate climate

    About the Plants:


    tall tree with delicate leaves


    beginner | intermediate | advanced

    growth speed

    slow | medium | fast

    size of plant

    outdoors >80ft tall. As a bonsai, much smaller. 


    full sun | partial sun | shade | grow lights 


    well-draining coconut coir/peat-based potting mix


    warm | cool


    cats | dogs | no


    few pests


    heavy | moderate | light



    We recommend using the following to sow the seeds: 

    Stratification in a fridge for 2-3 weeks is recommended but optional. Plant in a greenhouse, put on a greenhouse >70F and under grow lights or by a windowsill with indirect sunlight. Make sure humidity dome has condensation, if not, the soil may need to be watered or the greenhouse needs to be moved to a warmer spot.

    The seeds germinate relatively quickly, keep the seedlings well-watered and warm and once they reach ~6", you can repot them.

    (Find more info on germinating seeds by going to our seed guide)

    These seeds are for the 2023 growing season.

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    • your seeds and orders are hand-packed in San Diego

    • your order ships in 1-2 business days

    • free replacements for seeds that arrive in bad condition

    • we're always here to help with any questions!


    how difficult are these seeds to grow?

    Houseplant seeds are generally trickier to grow than your more common garden seed varieties- they require a specific setup and more time to sprout. You can find the difficulty for each seed variety specified under the "about the seeds" tab on each product page.

    We definitely recommend following the setups outlined in our seed guide here, and you can find further details in our blog!

    how long does it take for the seeds to germinate?

    Houseplant seeds take longer than most seeds to germinate, the average time for germination is 2-3 weeks. If you're curious about the sprouting time for a specific seed variety, you can find that information in the "about the seeds" tab on each product page.

    how do I grow houseplant seeds?

    All of our orders come with a basic starter guide for you to follow, but our seed guide here goes in much more detail and also offers alternative seed starter methods.

    We also include additional planting tips specific to each seed variety under the "instructions" tab of each product page. If you need extra help, don't hesitate to reach out to us at!

    my seeds aren't germinating, what do I do?

    Houseplant seeds are tricky, and sometimes certain more difficult varieties can take some practice to finally get them to sprout!

    If you're having trouble with the seeds, you're not alone. Luckily there are ways to sometimes salvage seeds by adjusting the setup- this quiz can help diagnose any issues you may have with your setup and make suggestions for how to improve it.

    You can also email us at and we can help out! If the seeds still aren't germinating, we'll send out a replacement :)