Post by allegraladyfrazier on Feb 18, 2015 9:59:20 GMT -5
I have 3 chinese elm bonsai trees that came to me after my Grandmother passed away and she had an incredible green thumb and i never knew her to buy a premixed soil but being that she passed so suddenly she did not have the time to teach me about their soil and repotting .If anyone has any good recipes or names of premixed soil that will be good please help us
welcome to the forum , soil mixes seem to differ from person to person. a good commercial mix is pro mix or sunshine brand. I make my own with 70% pine fines 20% mini pine bark and 10% peat moss. As long as the soil is not too wet between waterings you should be fine. Chinese elms would rather be a bit moist than dry. Hope this helps a little.
I'm new here too! Just yesterday, my mom gave me 5 trees that she got from the Arbor society. They are all deciduous trees. I ended up with a Washington Hawthorne (that one sounds a bit touchy for me at this point from what I read), American Redbud, Flowering Dogwood, Crape Myrtle (that one is a definite bonsai!), and Sargent Crapapple.
I've wanted to get a bonsai tree for a while, and thought this is a good chance to just get started on my own. The only other one I had ever purchased - was weak, I was clueless and well - you know how that turns out.. I can be bad to start some projects and not follow through, but I've always had a real love for trees; and I'm pretty serious on this. It'll be a great hobby for me, I like to do detail work and I'm pretty patient.
So last night, I spent a few hours reading and watching videos on Bonsai care. I realized with the above, I made the mistake of keeping it in the house all the time... oops. So I'm doing my research this time. I'm really glad I found this forum and the Cinci Bonsai Society!
I've done a lot of reading and watching on soil composition. Right now, these trees are 'babies', about 5-12 inches tall each. I need to get them planted ASAP, so I wanted to ask if there are any good places in the Cincinnati area that sell Bonsai soil components? I've checked Home Depot and Lowes, and have found a lot of what I need and I'm sure I could make an acceptable mix using stuff there and maybe a trip to tractor supply. But before buying all that - I started searching for Cincinnati Area Bonsai - and well.. found this site.
Any suggestions on a good place to piece together a soil mix?