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Soil recommendations? 2 months 3 weeks ago #67245

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Hey guys and girls,

I unfortunately don't live close to any Bonsai Nursery's or anything of the sort, just your bog standard garden centres.

In which they sell generic miracle grow bonsai soil. I have seen alot of people using Akadama with other things mixed into it? I started Bonsai with the intention to do everything as authentic as possible and I currently have some Black Pine seeds in cold stratification (and they have sprouted roots HURAHH!). Anyhow I want to give my bonsai the best chance they have and I feel many people use soils which are not the ones readily available in generic garden centres for a reason?

Can someone either send a link or two to an online retailer (preferable it was UK) or at least give me general tips on what to look for/buy?

I have a Zelkova, Ligustrum and hopefully soon a few Black Pine!

Many thanks to anybody who takes time out of their day to read my question.

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Soil recommendations? 2 months 3 weeks ago #67246

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Sorry for forgetting but if you cant guess from my original post, I am extremely new to bonsai and have thrown myself in the deep end so to speak, so any glaring mistakes please point out but don't witch hunt me :)

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Soil recommendations? 2 months 3 weeks ago #67254

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Luke.E wrote: Sorry for forgetting but if you cant guess from my original post, I am extremely new to bonsai and have thrown myself in the deep end so to speak, so any glaring mistakes please point out but don't witch hunt me :)



Cannot go wrong with ibuki substrate, which is sold in the UK by harry harrington, bonsai4me. Not what I use but if you are just starting off, this is perfect.
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Soil recommendations? 2 months 2 weeks ago #67292

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Your trees will need proper bonsai soil as soon they are ready for a bonsai pot,
Most of bonsai development is made in bigger pots or in ground. If you are in thatt phase, no need for special soil. Ordinary potting soil will do.
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Soil recommendations? 2 months 1 week ago #67756

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I did some thorough research myself, and for the Japanese Black Pine it is recommended a mix of 30% akadama, 30% pumice and 30% lava rock.
You could also place sand (or vermiculite) in the middle using an empty toilet paper roll.

PS: I do not know what is the best mix for the rest of your species though :)

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Soil recommendations? 2 months 1 week ago #67757

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Well, that is really to simplfy thing a little too much. Best soil is depending on care, climate and development phase. There are absolutelly no reason to grow from seed in inorganic mix.

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