Bonsai can be an awesome hobby if someone is trying to get connected with nature. But you have to be careful and follow a few instructions when you are going to start Bonsai and making perfect bonsai soil.
There are many important materials to look after but the most necessary of all is the Bonsai soil. The right soil will help you grow your tree in a good manner.
It supplies all the nutrients your trees need. Otherwise, you are gonna have an unhealthy Bonsai tree. So, let’s get to know what to do to make great Bonsai soil.
Bonsai Soil Components
While making bonsai soil, we have to use two types of materials, organic and inorganic. Retentiveness of water differentiates the contrast between organic and inorganic materials. Both of them contain pebbles that help to drain the leftover water from the soil mix.
Organic components contain decaying plant matter and inorganic components contain no organic materials like baked clay. During past days, baked clay wasn’t available so organic materials were more used.
But these traditional mixes were highly harmful to the tree because it has low water drainage ability. That’s where inorganic materials came into limelight.
Nowadays, people use a mix of organic and inorganic materials which are significant water retainers. This helps with the root growth of the bonsai tree while you can water the plante multiple times and you don’t need to think about excess water or overwatering.
Organic components are used to make the Bonsai soil includes conifer bark, peat moss/humus, potting soil, and some other composts. Check out further details:
• Conifer bark is a great component to retain moisture without disturbing the drainage of excess water.
• Peat moss/humus is the best water retainer and you should use it in an infrequent manner. The primary reason to use it is to bind the components so that other materials do not get shifted while the root is growing.
You should know that moss has the strength to hold a large amount of water for a long time without appropriate drainage.
• Potting soil works tremendously as a bonding agent. It retains a high amount of water and also adds bulk to the soil mix.
• Other decomposing materials and plants are used to feed.
The primary method of inorganic components is to add gravel to your soil mix. It empowers the growth of roots. Most of the inorganic components have a heavy price tag because of their spongy resources. Here are some various inorganic components:
• Akadama: It is an ignited clay and great water retainer. It is a component that condenses in a few years but is ideal and even considered as a mandatory component for the bonsai soil mix.
• Surface: It seems pretty similar but has a lot of differences. It is an amazing component that helps air to impale in soil. That’s why it is mostly used in golf courses and basketball fields to do the underlining.
• Lava rock: Unlike the previous materials, it doesn’t gonna breakdown easily. People mostly use it for gardening but it also works amazingly as an accumulator for the soil mix.
• Diatomaceous Earth: It is known as oil sorb or oil dry and is used to clean oily floors. In the same way, it helps the bonsai soil mix to soak the excess water and let the roots grow.