In February and March, I bought Junipers, a Maple, a Hinoki and a Black Pine, from Bonsai Outlet. I subscribed to, and watched several lessons. I repotted them in March and April, using the suggested mixture of Akadema, lava and pumice. I water them, almost daily. In Texas, it is not as warm as usual, but it's still warm. Most days the "soil" feels dry. So, I water them. I use bonsai fertilizer every two weeks. With the exception of the Pine, they all look like crap and look like they are dying. I'm extremely frustrated, since these are supposed to hearty bonsai and easy for novices. I need help!
Okay. You're in Sweden. In this part of Texas, it is fairly dry, but not desert dry. We have lots of tree cover in the area. So, while it can reach over 100 Farenheit, it has only just begun to get in the 90s. We've had a blessedly cool Spring and it is just now getting hot. So, the temps ranged from the 60s to the 80s, until just recently.
My trees were in places where they would get some sun, but not all day long. Does this help other than for me to go to someone local?
I have some follow-up questions. I am really confused about a few things. I've ordered these trees from Bonsai outlet. So, they come in the mail and are in actual dirt/soil. Of course, I don't know the mixture. But, based on the classes and videos, on this site, those trees should be in the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 mix of the Akadema, lava and pumice, as I mentioned, before. So, why is it that they can stay in the grow pots, in that original soil, for a season, if they're supposed to be in the inorganic mix?
Please keep in mind, that I am not questioning your knowledge or professionalism. I'm just trying to learn.
I have sought out a local club. I'll go to the next meeting and take my trees, or take them to a bonsai nursery.
Are you part of the Bonsai Empire team, or a contributor? I ask, because Oskar, one of the main teachers in this group, is the one who said these trees were better off in the inorganic mix. So, no, it's not asking 10 different experts and getting 12 answers. As a mentioned, I have taken some of the classes, and I directly asked him about soil and when to repot. And, the Juniper is supposed to be an easy tree. I also watched several videos on repotting, soil mix, etc. I'm a periodontist. I don't do anything without plenty of research. Your last couple of comments are quite arrogant and unhelpful. You don't need to respond, anymore. I won't read your comments. I have enough stress in my life, without getting crap from a forum member, when I'm asking for help.