Akadama, lava rock, pumice soil - watering schedule

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Hello,

I am using Tiny Roots Premium Bonsai Soil for my fukien tea Bonsai. The soil consists of akadama, lava rock, and pumice. I'll water my tree one day, but by the next day the soil looks and feels dry to me. Should I water my tree daily? I thought this type of soil was supposed to retain water better? Anyone here use a similar soil? If so, how often do you water your tree? So far I've been watering my tree every other day. However, some of the leaves are turning yellow, dry, and falling off. So I may be over watering or under watering.
 

Graft

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Hi Tilly,

Welcome to the forum. It would help if you put your zone and location into your profile. Users will then be able to give you advice based on your climate.

As for the soil. That mix you are using is almost impossible to over water. I use Akadama, Kyadama and pumice. Which is very similar to your mix. When you water it REALLY water it. Give it a few minutes then water it again. Then one last time for luck. But make sure that you have drainage holes in your pot. Also make sure that you are feeding once a week during the growing season. Another important thing is that depending on your climate the Fukien Tea Tree needs to be outside. This might be your problem.
 

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Dont think of it as a schedule. Think of it “as it needs it”. And yes the top can look dry, but it still may be moist a little ways down.
 

Tilly209

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Thank you @Graft and @MrWunderful. I am located in Northern California. Yes, my pot has drainage holes and sits on a humidity tray. Should I stick to watering it every other day? Something else I forgot to mention is that I transplanted the tree into it's current pot just recently. Maybe that is playing a part in the yellowing leaves.
 

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So am I. What part? I may be able to give you a little more specialized advice.
 

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Ok I cant be 100% sure because I dont grow fukien tea, but you will most likely want more akadama in the mix for your hot summers if you keep it outside.

I guess the big question is if its inside or outside.

Not sure how low your nights get (I live on the coast south of SF) But I have a good feeling it will be OK year round outside.

It could be dropping leaves because of the repot as well.
Water when the akadama changes colour

This is how I gauge, I almost daily dig in my pots an inch or so down. If the akadama is dark brown, I wont water. If its the light brown “dry” color, Then I will.

The good thing about your mix is its almost impossible to overwater, so when it doubt, just water.
 

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Welcome to Crazy!

Reckon the leaves are falling from the Repot.

You won't be able to overwater that soil.

Water twice a day!

Sorce
 
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