soil

  1. C

    Transitional soil?

    Hi all, I have a question that I cant seem to find an answer to online or in my books. I live in zone 6b and I am just getting into conifers. I currently have a small white pine and a cypress. Im not trying to bind them yet or anything. I just want them to be happy and healthy for a year or...
  2. W

    Article A quick look in the rhizosphere of pines V1. Final

    I cut some pine roots off of live plants and put them in Petri's with sources of food for fungi and bacteria. I wanted to visualize what happens after transplanting and how the rhizobial community (root-area community) restores itself in different pines and different stages of growth. The...
  3. Forest Bean

    Wild Maple Soil Suggestions

    I have posted about this maple this week. I collected it from the woods. I want to know peoples suggestions for soil once it stabilizes enough to be repotted. I don't know the specific species. I believe it is Acer Rubrum the Red Maple. Others have suggested the "Freeman" Maple hybrid and the...
  4. milehigh_7

    SCREWED UP! New Coarse DE Poll / Thread Please Comment!

    So I screwed up estimating. I will be able to get the price down to $31 which is competitive with pumice or lava from pretty much anyone and it is a much better product. So vote on the poll or just answer here if you would pay $31.00 free shipping for a large flat rate box (approx 3.5...
  5. A

    Bonsai compendium

    Dear people! Since I've yet to encounter complete information on all kinds of bonsai soils, I've decided to make a datasheet with as much information about soils as possible. It's a bit of a mess for now, but if you would like to contribute; please send me an email! For now, you can place...
  6. Josiana

    Creating a Non-Standard Mix

    I am apparently several hours from a shop that sells akadama, pumice, or lava rock. And the majority of the local shops only sell potting soil, lekaculor (clay pebbles), and orchid mix. So this is the mix I have created - 1/2 potting soil/small lecakulor mix - 1/4 perlite - 1/4 orchid mix...
  7. R

    Soil damp for too long

    Hello. New to this forum looking for help about a Chinese Elm. The soil stays damp for at least a week, sometimes longer. The soil not only looks and feels damp, but the chopstick confirms it: it feels moist and comes out with soil on. I believe this is harmful for the tree. Should I repot it...
  8. Tamer

    Bonsai soil material hard to find. Alternatives?

    Hi everyone I'm Tam . Moved from Montreal Canada to saudi Arabia recently and have been introduced to the amazong world of bonsai recently. I bought a ready chinese elm bonsai tree which I am taking care of and have completed work on a red juniper yesterday. Wired bent and pruned and styled...
  9. TyroTinker

    Field growing soil prep

    Ok so this might be an amateur question or an advanced topic I don't know, so here it goes. What do you guys do to prep the ground where you will be field growing your trees? Or do you prep it. The reason I'm asking is this next spring I will be plants several different types of deciduous...
  10. R

    First Willow, How to Pot and With What Soil?

    Hi everyone, this is the first time I've posted here. I recently bought a dwarf blue leaf arctic willow. I know willows require a lot of water compared to many plants. Can I take this need into consideration by using soil that has a very high water retention or is that not enough? I am waiting...
  11. Angela

    Acacia Advice, Please?

    Hi there! So I'm not sure if there's a forum for this, so sorry if I'm messing this up ... This is my first ever bonsai. My parents got it for me. It's an Acacia, though I'm not sure what type -- it has thorns and the bark of the trunk has an almost feathery texture - it's soft and if you...
  12. Culper Woodhull

    Terrarium for Ficus Bonsai?

    I have an empty 55 gallon aquarium sitting in the garage and I've just discovered terrariums while surfing the web. They seem really cool and since I like bonsai, I was wondering if I could plant 2 ficus bonsai opposite each other in the aquarium? I have a plan to make a "miniature pond" in the...
  13. markyscott

    Introductory Soil Physics 1.2

    Here is the second resource developed from the thread "Introductory Soil Physics". It is a document explaining how the important physical properties in soil and substrates combine to control the amount of air and water in the pore space of soils. It discusses what a drainage layer does and how...
  14. markyscott

    Inorganic Soil Reference Sheet 1.2

    Here is the first resource developed from the thread "Introductory Soil Physics". It is a reference sheet defining common inorganic soil types used in bonsai. It expands on the selection discussed in the thread. It is not a recommendation of what one should use in their garden, rather a...
  15. Skrawl

    Japanese Maple

    Hello all, I have recently acquired a beautiful Japanese maple and given it's size I am hoping to soon transplant it into a smaller pot. I understand how to trim the roots properly, but am looking for a good mix to plant it in. I know that plain old potting soil is not what you want, but as...
  16. Castanea

    Soil mix and root development - newbie

    Hi all, I have a dwarf jade, it is my first succulent. I picked it up in December, and its above ground portion has been growing steadily ever since, despite the winter slow down. However, today I accidentally knocked its pot and spilled out most of its soil. I noticed looking inside the pot...
  17. cbroad

    Bloodgood repotting & styling questions

    Hey everybody, I have a few questions about what I think is a Bloodgood J.M. I guess it could be Emperor 1 or Fireglow, they all look so similar to me when they're this small and very hard to tell the difference. IMG_20160222_124328 by cbroad posted Feb 22, 2016 at 2:18 PMIMG_20160222_124316 by...
  18. mwar15

    Preparing for repotting season

    I finally found some time to head to the gravel yard a couple hours away and get a have a yard of lava cinders and a half of yard of pumice. I combine this with diatomaceous earth (Napa oil dry) and some potting soil/ compost/bark mulch and it works good for 100"+ of rain a year. I still have...
  19. E

    my poor bonsai

    Attatched is my tree about a year ago when I bought it. Its been very healthy up until this weather change. I don't keep it outside because of how chilly it is, but it stays in the window and is watered when the soil feels dry. Within the past month since it's gotten colder my poor little...
  20. O

    Juniper Newbie Here.. Any Advice Welcome!!

    Hello all, Disclaimer: This is my first post here, so I apologize for any stupid questions contained herein. Anyways, I picked up a couple really good looking 3 year old Junipers from a guy who had set up a corner stand here in Tulsa, OK. Older, Asian fellow who really seemed like he knew what...