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How I make bonsai soil – Adam’s Artwork and Bonsai Weblog

As a comply with as much as my put up on soil substances (click on right here….now!) listed here are my soil composition percentages and sifting strategies.
Bear in mind, although, that this soil is what works for me. It additionally works for a lot of others on the market however there are some so-called professionals on the market that can poo-poo this combine.
Let ’em. Between you and I; I have soil on the market, however I don’t attempt to promote my soil. If you happen to get my that means?
After which there are these snobs who simply should use what’s conventional and proper or what all the Japanese Masters use…..phaugh!
If you happen to learn my final soil Epic you’ll do not forget that the particle is much less necessary than the traits you want. So,should you’re utilizing DE granules from NAPA auto components and that works for you, then proceed to take action.

To place it merely, I take advantage of what has turn out to be the usual Florida combine, however with my very own percentages.
I take advantage of pink lava (scoria), calcined clay (Turface model) and pine bark (Fafard Natural Soil Conditioner). The combo is 50% lava, 25% Turface and 25% Fafard.
I’ll inform you why later.
That is my secret methodology…..don’t inform anybody, shhhhhh.
First I unfold the pine bark on a tarp to dry within the solar (for my New England readers that’s a tahp)

For sure, it must be a sunny day. This drying is necessary as a result of should you don’t, the mud will stick with the bigger, fascinating particles and it’ll in the end clog the drainage display.
Because the bark dries (which requires a number of raking and turning the moist bark to the solar) I really wash the lava

I do know, dry the bark, wash the lava. It’s a lot simpler to scrub out the mud (there are few particles which might be smaller than that 1/8 inch measurement to sift out) than to dry it and sift. Plus it’s more healthy in your lungs.

It is a display sifter I made.

You may see all of the fantastic mud that must be washed away.
Simply hold flushing it till the water runs clear.

“You’ll smash your watershed Wonka!”

Think about all that pink gunk clogging your drainage gap (there’s a joke there)
So I set all of the lava apart to empty (you possibly can dry it within the solar now when you have all day. My pal Erik does that.) and now it’s time to sift the Turface.
It is available in a 50 lb bag and after sifting you’ll solely have about 35-40 lbs of usable product.
I used to make use of one in every of these


Now I take advantage of The Machine.

I made this all by my lonesome.
This is a YouTube video exhibiting it in motion.
It’s very useful. I can sift soil in a short time. Sooner than you can 😜”neener neener neener!”
Okay. Sorry.
Anyway, I can get via the entire bag in about 5 minutes.
It’s very horny.
Simply have a look at Dave

I acquired a name from his spouse about this pic; it appears that evidently all my woman readers are contacting him (its posted within the footage part) and a few of my male readers too (prints can be found for $10, ship a SASE to me with a test or cash order)
After all of the sifting we get this

And this

And after mixing I find yourself with this

So the query is: Why do I take advantage of the odds I take advantage of?
Once I put a tree into bonsai soil I accomplish that for just a few causes.
If its going right into a bonsai pot the one purpose is drainage. This combine, in Florida, will final all day within the Florida solar. In the summertime, our wet season (when it might rain each afternoon in spite of everything day warmth and solar) the combo drains freely. Retaining simply the correct amount of water inside itself for the bushes well being.
The lava I get is the right measurement and form for root developement.
I take advantage of the Turface for its excessive C.E.C. and it’s water retention capabilities.
The pine bark has the very best C.E.C.
has nice water retention and, importantly,the pine bark is a otherwise formed particle, which retains the combo much less uniform and extra ethereal. The roots want air and water to develop. The pine bark breaks up the uniformity of the opposite two particles and retains it from compacting. It’s virtually spongy.
If I’m utilizing bonsai soil in a deeper coaching pot, the reason being pure growth. I must watch the watering extra (a deeper pot drains faster. Preserve that in thoughts! The shallower the pot, the slower water drains and the higher probability of root rot.) however it is going to permit the roots to develop higher and push the tree sooner.

My combine works for me (I can’t stress that extra. My watering habits, my microclimate, and my pruning frequency). That doesn’t imply I’m not experimenting with different mixes.
I lately purchased a bag of blended soil from Japan (akadama, pumice, black lava and river rock) that I’m utilizing on some junipers.
My pal Nick discovered an affordable supply of expanded shale I’m experimenting with on bushes that want much less water (bougies and such).
I did get a number of the DE granules from NAPA and I’m experimenting with that.
Most likely one of the best purpose I take advantage of this combine is……aesthetics.
That is artwork, in spite of everything.
And I believe it’s purty.

My finest recommendation to you: discover out what longtime bonsai growers in your space are utilizing. Attempt their combine however, in the end, you’ll need to develop your personal.




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