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Post  ddecino on Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:50 am

Hello All,

I have been reading all the forum postings and I am very impressed with the expertise and willingnes to share information.

I am very new to Bonsai and have been reading everything I can find, but I remain confused as to the best particle sizes for soil mixes.

Are the soil particle sizes detemined in relation to the pot size or the tree species? Or is it just personal preference?

Don

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Post  ogie on Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:07 am

Hi Don,
as for me i layered my medium,bottom very coarse,midpoint half and half,and the remaining will be your prime mix of 80/20 with the later being coarse pariticle,i do that here in the philippines,never go wrong on that,hope it help a bit.welcome to the world of addictive bonsai.
enjoy & best regards,
alex Smile Smile


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Post  ddecino on Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:16 am

Thank you for the Advise, Alex

Yes, it is helpful. Do you use the same same particle sizes for all pot sizes and tree species?

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Re: Soil particle sizes

Post  ogie on Sat Oct 09, 2010 1:51 am

ddecino wrote:Thank you for the Advise, Alex

Yes, it is helpful. Do you use the same same particle sizes for all pot sizes and tree species?

Don
yes don,a more loose medium always encourage root growth,downside of it,is you water frequently Smile Smile

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Post  ddecino on Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:20 am

Alex,

That is very helpful.

Thank you

Don


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Re: Soil particle sizes

Post  JimLewis on Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:05 pm

Overall particle size will depend to a large extent on the size of the tree. I grow small trees 3-15 inches or so. My particle size is about 1/8 inch on average.

Larger trees -- like most people grow can use the 1/4 inch size particles.

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Re: Soil particle sizes

Post  Kev Bailey on Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:42 pm

Different species need different soil types. Some relish waterlogged, some have to be free draining. Pines and Junipers hate wet feet. Willows, Alders and Wisteria etc all love moisture. Working out how to establish the correct root zone balance is all part of the fun.

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Post  FrankP999 on Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:24 pm

Don
In general, smaller particles will hold more water than larger particles - (other things being equal).

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Post  ddecino on Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:51 pm

Thank you Jim, Kev and Frank for your information.

It is very helpful. It seems to me that if the roots are not happy nothing else really matters.

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Post  bonsaisr on Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:58 am

This is determined by species of tree, and your growing conditions, and the size of the pot, and to some extent, your lifestyle.
If you have to go to work every day and only have time to water once, you will need a finer soil. If you are retired and have time to water small trees twice a day, you can use a better drained mix.
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