soil

  1. Bonsilot

    Looking to buy Pumice (Central Coast, CA)

    I'm looking to buy some pumice locally for relatively cheap. I live between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbra, California, and have had no luck at local nurseries, stores (like Home Depot, Lowes, and Farm Supply), or bulk garden/stone suppliers. The cheapest pumice I have found is "E.B.Stone...
  2. Storm_Lord

    White mould on ficus soil - how to get rid?

    Hi everyone! A couple of months ago, I posted about my Ficus dropping leaves, and you all gave some excellent advice. I repotted the tree, as suggested, and it seems to be good and healthy again. Thanks! One problem, though: over the past couple of days, a whitish mould has appeared on the...
  3. N

    Best soil for BRT?

    Hello friends, I bought a beautiful Brazillian raintree from a local shop recently for my climate-controlled office, and I'm questioning what kind of soil I should use. My understanding is that, out in the wild, BRTs grow in sandy soil. In fact, I have often read that, when these trees are...
  4. wrfreeman

    Starting a Styrax Japonicus (Snowbell)

    Hello! New member here. We have a Snowbell in our front landscaping that has sprouted a couple of saplings that I would like to try my hand at creating bonsai (iCloud link: https://share.icloud.com/photos/0ae2DOkhA_-GRGmlB3WqlpDAw). I have a book by Colin Lewis that has all kinds of wonderful...
  5. T

    Easy to find alternatives to Akadama?

    New to Bonsai and trying to come up with a good alternative to Akadama as it is expensive to get it here in my Nordic country. I have also heard it breaks down really fast in the cold weather. I am currently growing conifers and have read that a 1:1:1 soil mix of Pumice, Lava Rock and Akadama...
  6. goth_gardener

    Potting mix/Care for large Weeping Maple bonsai

    Hello nuts ! I rescued this beautiful maple tree on sale from my local nursery today and am curious about doing a larger bonsai situation in this pot… here is the tree resting on some previous potting soil in the container (will be acid loving later ofc), a larger pic of location just for fun...
  7. V

    Painting inside of bonsai pots

    Been stusying Bonsai for 4 months now. I have 8 indoor trees and plan on creating bonsai pots of my own, using cement. I see videos on youtube of people making them with molds and wiring. At the end they paint them of course. The inside of the pot as well. I keep wondering what kind of paint...
  8. M

    STUMPED about branch placement.

    Hi all. I’m stumped about how to choose which branches to keep on this chinese elm tree (and really any tree in general). How do you choose which branches to keep vs cut off? How do I choose a 1st vs 2nd vs back branch and so on?? I’ve read that there are some guidelines to follow with...
  9. Rivian

    Soil for raised bed?

    New raised bed, 70cm high. Does it really matter whats in the bottom half? It doesnt rain a lot here, we can go a month or two without significant rain. Except in Winter 🙄 when its not needed. And what to put in the top half? Cheap-ish, if possible Have just few trees for it right now, so what I...
  10. Lawrencek

    Does this look like a good/decent soil to you?

    We looked for pre mixed soils on eBay and Amazon was actually pretty hard I'm in the UK probably easier in the US; eventually we found this seller with a really good reputation called 'Ash Bonsai'. And bought a repotting kit for a bargain price.what I wanted to ask is does this look like a good...
  11. pstaboche

    Sourcing Akadama in Maryland

    This is my first Spring practicing bonsai and I'm wondering where everyone gets their soil supplies from? Last Summer I bought pumice and akadama from ebay and was not impressed by it's quality. I want to buy in bulk, none of those small 2 quart bags. I'm also curious what size akadama I should...
  12. pstaboche

    Sourcing Akadama in Maryland

    This is my first Spring practicing bonsai and I'm wondering where everyone gets their soil supplies from? Last Summer I bought pumice and akadama from ebay and was not impressed by it's quality. I want to buy in bulk, none of those small 2 quart bags. I'm also curious what size akadama I should...
  13. pstaboche

    Sourcing Akadama in Maryland

    This is my first Spring practicing bonsai and I'm wondering where everyone gets their soil supplies from? Last Summer I bought pumice and akadama from ebay and was not impressed by it's quality. I want to buy in bulk, none of those small 2 quart bags. I'm also curious what size akadama I should...
  14. M

    Yamadori Chinese Elm

    Dug up this chinese elm from the woods in Central Florida today. Here’s the plan with it: What do y’all think?
  15. jwell

    Willow cutting question

    Hello, this is my first post on here and my first bonsai so I appreciate any feedback. I have a few willow cuttings sitting in a bucket of water, and they have strong root growth and branches starting. I have 2 questions. 1.) I was wondering what type of soil would work to move these into. I...
  16. A

    Substrate for Developing Trees

    I've heard much about the ideal substrate for mature trees in their final pots, getting their ramification, but I don't believe I've seen much said about what to use for developing trees. Specifically I'm talking about trees that I'm just trying to thicken the trunks of. I think I've once heard...
  17. Huggz13

    YouTube, Websites, and Suppliers Recommendations Needed

    I need some recommendations please... I’m subscribed to Ryan’s, Bjorn’s, and Peter Chan’s channels. However most of their content is more advanced. I subscribed to @KleinM channel that I saw after doing a thread search, so feel free to plug your channel or website if you have one. I’m...
  18. Apex37

    What Particle Size Substrate Do You Use?

    It's getting closer to that repotting time and I think a big issue I had in my first year was not filtering out and going with set particle sizes for my substrate mixes. I learned this to be a big noob mistake as all the smaller particle substrate moves to the bottom as you water and you end up...
  19. chuckwc1

    What's your Pre-Bonsai Soil & Pot set up?

    Have a number of tropical and deciduous tree that are in need of a repot this spring and further growth before settling down into a bonsai pot. I’m still quite the beginner, but thought I could learn from everyone’s different setups. Read some older posts related to this, and learned a lot from...
  20. M

    Acer Rubrum Fertilizing/Potting Mix??

    Does anyone have any advice on fertilizing a red maple/swamp maple yamadori bonsai? Like what type of fertilizer to use and how often to use it? Brand names are very helpful. The tree is most likely 25-30 years old. Also what soil mixture would you guys recommend? I’m seeing various...
  21. M

    New Forest-dug Acer Rubrum/Red Maple/Swamp Maple

    Check out this beautiful Red Maple I just dug from the swamp. Stunning nebari and a leader branch already set in for me. Can’t wait to see where this goes! Trunk is about 6 inches wide at the base. Tips on styling are always welcome. Especially regarding those big cuts!
  22. C

    Where to source bulk soil?

    I'm looking for the best place to source the best/cheapest small grain akadama, black lava, and pumice. I'd like to buy it in like 50lb or so bags. Where do you guys get it like that? There's loads of online bonsai supply places selling it, but it's in small quantities, and cost way too much...
  23. jaycraig

    roots in soil

    so i purchased this young juniper last week and decided to repot it in a larger 1 gallon pot so the roots can have more room space to grow without restriction. while doing this i scraped some healthy reused soil from the ground( 2-3 cm deep) and it had small feeder roots in it from hydrangea...
  24. S

    Soil Selection Question

    Hi all, I purchased three 1-gallon trees from Evergreen Gardenworks. 1 trident maple and 2 elms. Following Brent's advice, I would now like to move them from the 1 gallon containers to larger grow boxes. Does anyone have recommendations on a pre-mixed soil that is good but also affordable...
  25. LeoMame

    ID tiny black insects (a lot) in soil - JRP

    Hello everyone, I noticed lots of tiny insects in my red pine's pot. Curiously there are no flies around, so that might rule out fungus gnat? They move fast but not as fast as the red mites, and they are only in the soil. In a massive number. Sorry for the terrible quality of the photo. Any...
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