I remember when I first started into bonsai how hard it was for me to find out what was in bonsai soil. Recipes were scarce and no one had the be all, end all mix. However as I got more involved and understood what goes into making the soil it made sense why it was so different. Everyone seems to have their own mix and use different ingredients for one reason of another.
Bonsai soils are soil less as they contain no top soil, or sand. Bonsai mixes are developed based upon the results that bonsai artist want to achieve. These specifics are good drainage, water retention, and sharp aggregate. In the following video I review the different types of materials I use for making my bonsai mixes and the reason I use them.
Sometimes I have to remind myself that a lot of people that are new to Bonsai may be viewing my site. So I need to be sure to provide content and information that I needed when I started in this art form.
The following videos cover basic wiring and watering our your trees. As always if you have any questions feel free to send me an e-mail.
The details involved with bonsai are many, but there are some simple tasks that sometimes are overlooked that shouldn’t be. I searched the internet for a good demonstration on how to secure the mesh screening into a bonsai pot. I didn’t find one so I decided to create my own.
There are a lot of things that Bonsai artists do without really knowing why. One example is the use of bonsai soil mix over a standard nursery soil mix. The reasons are many but for the most part it is to help stimulate more feeder roots over the long leggy roots that nursery soil promotes. In the following video I show examples of roots as they have grown in each of the medium and tell why bonsai mix works so much better.