soil

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. swatchpost

    Soil for large grow boxes

    Hello All— I was planning on buying a couple of large grow boxes for some trees to thicken trunks for 5 -10 years. What type of soil should I use? Regular well-draining bonsai soil fitting to the species? Or something more organic like one would find if you just planted the trees in the...
  4. M

    Bonsai Back View: Important?

    Hey friends. I’m curious what you guys’ opinions are as to how good the backside of a bonsai trunk looks. Does it matter or does it not? Can an ugly trunk backside just be hidden by branches and foliage over time? or does it take away from the value of the tree? For example, I have this...
  5. M

    Crepe Myrtle Styling Help

    Ripped out this crepe myrtle earlier in the summer that was unwanted but I have no idea what to do with it. I can’t seem to find any kind of structure fitting for a bonsai. If I just chop off all the top and leave a fat stump I’d be waiting 15 years for a decent sized new leader to come in...
  6. The Warm Canuck

    Adequate baseline soil mix?

    I'm trying to come up with a baseline soil mix at an economic price, using locally sourced products. After lots of searching, these are the products U've been able to source: -a product called SafeTSorb, which is Turfice, -Lava Rock that is used for charcoal BBQ's (which I have to manually...
  7. QuantumSparky

    Where do you get your bulk substrate?

    As I am just getting into this hobby, I want to have basic control over what mixtures of soil I use for my various trees, instead of buying pre-mix from Amazon in 2-quart bags. I am thinking that I probably want individual containers of: Akadama (perhaps medium size for established trees, and...
  8. M

    Crepe Myrtle: Potential or No Potential?

    Hi all, In our landscape, there was this crepe myrtle that my parents wanted to get rid of and I figured: why not use it for bonsai. I am relatively new to bonsai and would like to know if this is usable material. The leaves on this variety are very small and glossy and the flowers are red...
  9. R

    White Mould good or bad?

    Hi all, new here. I got my first bonsai. It was stored in an outdoor greenhouse but is an indoor plant. I took it home, put it in place (window with natural light) but the following day i noticed this on the soil. Is this an issue for the plant? Or just symbiotic with the soil and tree?
  10. C

    Ficus Microcarpa help

    I currently have two ficus microcarpa. The first is tiny and I've had it since the fall. It seems to love my apartment conditions so I made a much larger investment on a second one. The new one is about 25" tall out of the pot, so something fairly large that I desperately want to keep alive...
  11. Apex37

    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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
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