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PH for regular average bonsai soil 1 year 1 month ago #31559

Hello all,

There seems to be a consensus when people talk about soil and ph; "lightly acidic" for most bonsai, "acidic" for azaleas.
So my question is, how much is lightly acidic? 6.5? 5.0? 3.0?
Yes, I've got this ph soil probe, but no clue about the numbers I am aiming for...
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PH for regular average bonsai soil 1 year 1 month ago #31575

Wow. That's being precise!
Thank you, Spacewood.
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PH for regular average bonsai soil 1 year 1 month ago #31577

Thanks, but its a no bariner actually. 6-7 is just the middle. Up 7 is alkaline and below 6 is acid.



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PH for regular average bonsai soil 1 year 1 month ago #31592

Yeah, that's right. This much I knew.
The question was how acidic should the soil be for bonsai. And you answered!
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PH for regular average bonsai soil 1 year 1 month ago #31596

Clicio wrote: Yeah, that's right. This much I knew.
The question was how acidic should the soil be for bonsai. And you answered!


Just use the recommended substrate and you'll be fine.
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Clicio wrote: Yeah, that's right. This much I knew.
The question was how acidic should the soil be for bonsai. And you answered!


Just to clarify, you asked how much is slightly acidic, and I answered. I think general purpose soil is around the middle of the scale. Auk said it just right.
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PH for regular average bonsai soil 1 year 1 month ago #31696

Auk, in my experience, the recommended substrate varies wildly, depending on the seller and on the type of tree, I guess.
Some people say "Akadama"! Others show a wide range of mixes, almost all agree on inorganic, all vow to good drainage.
You see, I have been buying "bonsai soil" from various sources to test, and they are never the same.
Thanks for your answers, I won't fret about PH so much anymore! ;)
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PH for regular average bonsai soil 1 year 1 month ago #31697

Clicio wrote: Some people say "Akadama"!


For azaleas right? I use pure Kanuma.
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PH for regular average bonsai soil 1 year 1 month ago #31699

Kanuma is basically Akadama with lower PH am I right?
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