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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 comments wherever you deem necessary or wherever there is whitespace or data that is incorrect in your opinion. If you would like full access, send me a message.

You can find the excel sheet here:
docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mrhf8HCf...zBnxS4hho/edit#gid=0

Thanks in advance!
Apoz
 

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Welcome to the site!

(FWIW the link is a clean link. I moderate links from new users just to make sure it isn't malware.)
 

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Thanks for your welcome!

Here an update on the progression:

Honestly, the sheet was a day old at the moment I posted the message on the forum, but there are already 3 people helping me with the data collection! Thus a lot of changes are being made at the moment.
A lot of the data I initially used was based on claims on certain guides about soil substrates and mixtures often by experts, but the problem with those is that these experts have been working with the same favorite materials for a long time and lack the fresh look on material properties. But now I actually found some decent data from people that have done proper research and including the article above I have found a few more really relevant pieces of research with relatively representative data, which will be an eye-opener for many people here for sure. (just take a look at the water retention, this really surprised me in some cases!) I'll be comparing each and every data I find, and this way it improves the accuracy of the entire sheet ultimately

I'm also thinking of setting up an easy questionnaire to get an image of peoples experiences rather than raw data, which might give more easily understandable insights on the matters.

All input is valued, don't be scared to leave a comment either on the sheet or on this post!

Sincerely,
Bo

p.s. I was really intrigued by the research done by bonsainut user markyscott, he provides some refreshing theory and I really recommend people that are even more interested in bonsai soil rather than raw data to read his articles.
I'm still thinking of a way to incorporate his theory in a simple matter into the datasheet.
 

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Bneg!

Welcome to Crazy!

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Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

NB: "Scoria" is probably what we call here in Europe "Pozzolane" ("Pouzzolane" in French). Most of the time it's dark burgundy red, rarely black.


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Here, a 30-litre (7.925162 US gallons, 6UK gal 4.792620pt) bag is 7.50 € (9.263 US $) at a local soil specialist, twice or three times as much if you buy it in a garden center.
 

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