soil

  1. A

    Yew Soil Mix and Repot

    So I made the mistake repotting my yew in a mix I'm not sure was best. Now I don't know if I should repot in a better mix or wait till next year. I put him in a 33% Akadama, 33% Lava, 20% Pine Bark, 10-15%~ Peat Moss. I should not have added any peat moss and now worried it won't allow for...
  2. zero

    Welcome To Crazy - now I have piles of substrates

    Hey everyone, I’m working to formulate an affordable local alternative to buying Boons Mix, and have ended up with lots of bags of dirt and rocks! Welcome to crazy is right! I’m fascinated staring at stumps and dirt now. Will normal people understand? I am at this point thinking of mixing...
  3. Harewood Hobbyist

    Rerepotting "yamadori" Douglas Fir?

    I've recently decided to "do bonsai" which for me means kind of jumping in. There was some raod work near me in January and February and I dug up 17 small tho pleasingly gnarly Doug Firs that were in the path of the work. For the most part they had good feeder roots and because of the...
  4. O

    Suggestions for Red Alder substrate mix

    I'm new to bonsai, been doing it for about a year or two now. I've got a red alder in my drive way that I'm planning on collecting this spring but I'm not sure about which substrate mix to use. I've got pumice, lava rock, and peat moss on hand, does any one have a ratio recommendations? Thanks...
  5. B

    Overwintering and soil

    From my understanding it is best to have soil with good drainage to overwinter your trees. I live in zone 5b so it gets really cold here. I have several trees that I've gotten from nurseries that are in black soil and a couple of baldies in muck. Im somewhat concerned about the amount of water...
  6. L

    Fungus/mushrooms on soil?

    Hey guys! Do you know what are this brown things on the soil of my bonsai? Are those small mushrooms? Or what? Most important....good or bad? Shall I remove or leave them? Thanks in advance Regards
  7. Clicio

    Is there a "bad" Akadama being sold? Or is it a scam?

    Up to last year, Akadama was impossible to get in Brazil, as importing soil was forbidden. This year the law was revised and immediately some bonsai vendors had Akadama in two sizes (big/small) being sold in 14 litres bags. All bags from all vendors looked the same; all vendors were selling the...
  8. Jluke33

    Soil/hardiness zone

    Looking around the site I haven't found much other than suggestions about soil for particular locations. I was wondering if anyone had something like a cheat sheet for soil ratios based on hardiness zone. Some folks recommend bonsai Jacks soil mix as a good all around soil, But I'm just...
  9. S

    What bonsai soil mix to use and of what grain size?

    I’m new to bonsai and have heard that having a good granular water retaining draining soil for bonsai is almost essential. I currently have an orange jessamine and a Chinese juniper and am planing to grow more plants of the latter and also a few ficuses. The only available soils/mediums...
  10. JLee9706

    Soil for Juniper in Southern California

    Hello, I am new to bonsai and have recently acquired some new junipers from a general nursery nearby. They are about 2-3ft tall and in the pots they came, which has some general potting soil. I know they weren't bought at a bonsai nursery, but can they be good candidates? If so, should I...
  11. Soulsyphon

    Dwarf Sandcherry Help

    I'm newer to bonsai, got started last winter. I recently purchased a dwarf sandcherry that I'm working on. I trimmed and re-potted it in the organic bonsai mix from Bonsai Jack. I water it in the morning and in the evening and it's still drying out and getting droopy. Are there any suggestions...
  12. M

    Japanese White Pine

    Hello guys, I am relatively new to bonsai, I got a Chinese elm about a month ago and have managed to take care of it well. I went to a garden centre yesterday and saw this beautiful JWP that I got not realising how different it was to the elm. I have been researching all night and can not...
  13. peterbone

    Has anyone dyed soil successfully?

    I mainly use a molar clay cat litter product here in the UK (Sanicat pink). However, it's a light pink colour when dry and I'd like something that looks more like akadama for top dressing, without having to pay for akadama. Has anyone had any luck dyeing this kind of soil or similar such as...
  14. L

    Juniper dying! Help

    So I bought this juniper about a month ago and I attempted my first wiring on a bonsai. I accidentally completely cracked the trunk and it split off. I did a completely horrible job, and other parts of the tree have turned purple, and now crispy and brown. I sealed the breaks with wood glue, as...
  15. L

    Health of Tree?

    Hey, I’m super new to bonsai and I need some help. I’ve tried to wire my bonsai for the first time and it turned out pretty bad but that’s not why I’m here haha. I was wondering if anyone knew why certain parts of my bonsai were browning. I also was wondering if anyone could give me...
  16. ags79

    First go at bonsai - soil/pot prep

    Hi all, this is my first year at doing bonsai and have been doing some research. Since there is a lot of different info out there I figured I should share my plan with some experienced people and get feedback before I repot all these plants. I bought several varieties of plants for my...
  17. sLeepLess

    Reaching Out for 2nd Opinions

    Hello Everyone, I am obviously new to Bonsai Nut. I most likely have used this site in the past when searching for information but i use any and all sources available to me so i never settled down. If i used your knowledge before, it was just one among many but; Thank you! I suppose i am...
  18. rollwithak

    Where do you buy online???

    Hey Bonsai Community. Forgive if there is a thread similar to this but I was unable to find. I wanted to get people's opinions and suggestions about sites online that are helpful and good when it comes to ordering supplies from basic materials all the way to bonsai specific hardware. So...
  19. S

    Target Soil Moisture Level for Juniper Procumbens nana

    Hello, I am new to bonsai growing and want to make sure that I am doing everything right for my bonsai. I am 99% sure that is a Juniper Procumbens nana. I just bought the bonsai for my desk at work and realized that the pot does not have a hole in the bottom to let excess water out. I am going...
  20. S

    Help Watering my Juniper Procumbens Nana

    Hello, I am new to bonsai growing and want to make sure that I am doing everything right for my bonsai. I am 99% sure that is a Juniper Procumbens nana. I just bought the bonsai for my desk at work and realized that the pot does not have a hole in the bottom to let excess water out. I am going...
  21. J

    2 quart bonsai mix: japanese akadama, lava rock and hyuga pumice

    Hi. If anyone is interested I'm selling 2 quart of premium bonsai soil mix: Japanese akadama, lava rock, hyuga pumice. Never open. Only 1 bag available. $30 + shipping (from Texas). Last picture is an example, how to see the soil in your tree. Questions? Contact me. Thanks.
  22. Clicio

    Perlite as Pumice in a bonsai mix

    As it is almost impossible to buy pumice in Brazil, my question is: Can Pumice be switched by Perlite in a bonsai mix? Regardless of color and lightness of the Perlite, of course.
  23. B

    Help, please! Beginner in Memphis, TN looking for bonsai or pre-bonsai purchase recommendations

    Hi! I live in Memphis, TN (8a hardiness zone) and am looking to purchase a bonsai or pre-bonsai to work on while I wait for my Delonix seedling to grow. I am completely new at this as I have never cultivated a bonsai before, so I am looking for recommmendations for a good beginner bonsai or...
  24. A

    Only gravel, no soil (?)

    Hi everyone, I'm a first-time bonsai owner - trying very hard to keep my first one! I received a Juniper (Juniper procumbens nana) a few days ago. To my surprise, and contrary to most of what I have read, it came potted with only gravel - no soil whatsoever. I contacted the shop who my friend...
  25. skyrat

    Advice for soil mixes for Maryland

    Hello :) I've only used pre-mixed soil for the past several years and it's well overdo time I try mixing some soil myself. I've spent quite a long time reading through the soil recipe discussions here (I'm still in the process of digging through it though,) and have noticed there are a lot of...
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