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Best soil?

Post  lindzh on Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:44 pm

Howdy all!
A couple months ago I purchased a Juniper Bonsai from www.bonsaiboss.com. I'm new to bonsai, and was wondering what type of soil would be best to use when I repot. Is there certain soils that are better to use than others? Let me know, and thanks so much:)

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Re: Best soil?

Post  JimLewis on Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:48 pm

I think if you go up to the Search box in the right hand corner of these pages, and type in soil you will find a lot of information.

There is no "best" soil. It needs to have large particle size and must drain quickly.

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Post  shimsuki on Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:07 pm

What jim said is right. Since the tree you got is probably a young tree, you want a larger particle size to allow plenty of growing to take place.

If it is a young tree, you might want to consider putting it in a training pot with lots of leg room instead of a small pot. I made this mistake when I was a beginner, and most beginners do too. Training pot with large particle size soil is my suggestion.

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Best Soil

Post  bonsaisr on Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:23 pm

Since you are in Texas, you may need a little more organic matter for your climate than a soil that is good for us northerners. I suggest you inquire at Dallas Bonsai Garden, www.dallasbonsai.com/
At this stage, it might make more sense for you to purchase soil rather than make your own.
Iris

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Re: Best soil?

Post  Jim Doiron on Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:37 am

I happened to find this just this morning and wanted to post it in case it was of interest to anyone. I haven't used them but I looked around their site briefly and it seems they have a good selection of things. Their prices seem like they might be a little high but again I only briefly perused it.

http://www.substratesource.com/index.php?p=home

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Re: Best soil?

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:27 am

I wouldn't use anything colored or coated. Also I don't see any notation about what the product is made of. It looks like a baked clay like Turface which is a lot cheaper than $1 or more per pound. Turface Red Bag is between $15 and $20 for a 50 pound bag. It should be available in most of the US. Look for companies that sell to schools, governments and golf courses, it is used in baseball fields. LESCO is a company in many parts of the US. I have even seen Turface sold in feed stores as "turkey grit," although I would not trust it in my turkeys, if I had any.

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Post  lindzh on Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:24 pm

Thanks for all the helpful information ya'll! I definitely appreciate it:)

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