Starting bonsai from seeds with Aeroponic

I am getting curious about how aeroponics could be used to start a tree more effectively. I could not find any topic on the mirai forum about aeroponics and bonsai, so I thought to start one.

I have just ordered a small aeroponic system to experiment. I would like to use it to germinate the seeds and grow the seedling with the benefit of the balanced root base that the aeroponic systems can generate. I will share my experience while it builds up. In the meantime, has anyone already any experiences that he/she can share about bonsai and aeroponics?

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I grow lots of seeds every year the normal way so I’d be very interested how you get on.

From what I’ve seen with hydro/aqua/aeroponic systems the root system seems to be able to develop extremely fine (in correlation with the species). This may beneficial for developing a fine root system close to the base of the tree but I’d fear that I’d may be very hard to fit bonsai soil within the layers of fine roots, and if soil cannot be included within the layers you may see root rot from close contact. If you’re looking for a fine root system with easy repotting I might suggest germinating your seeds in the sifts -16th inch of your bonsai soil, but for aeroponics I can’t see a solution.

This is my concern, moving from the aeroponic system into the training container. I am going to experiment about the seedlings react for different species.

I wouldn’t put it into bonsai soil immediately but instead go with an organic mix which I think would toughen the roots in readiness for potting on when required. You can spread the roots out like the spokes of a wheel and cover the roots that way. Be a delicate operation but do able.