Bonsai Care
History of Bonsai
Bonsai Care
Bonsai Care Articles
Stock Photos (Trees)
Nature Web Elements

Bonsai Trees
Elm Bonsai Trees
Juniper Bonsai Trees
Azalea Bonsai Trees
Pine Bonsai Trees
Maple Bonsai Trees
Cypress Bonsai
Gardenia Bonsai Trees
Money Bonsai Trees
Japanese Maple Bonsai
Ficus Bonsai
Myrtle Bonsai
Jade Bonsai Trees
Bamboo Bonsai Trees
Black Olive Bonsai
Redwood Bonsai
Spruce Bonsai Trees

Indoor Bonsai Trees
Outdoor Bonsai Trees

Bonsai Tools
Bonsai Scissors
Bonsai Tweezers
Bonsai Tools
Bonsai Plant Lights

Bonsai Books
Beginner Bonsai Books
Art of Bonsai Books
Bonsai Master Books
Bonsai Magazines

Miscellaneous Bonsai
Bonsai Basics
Bonsai Kits
Bonsai DVDs
Bonsai Videos
Bonsai Figurines
Bonsai Seeds
Bonsai Soil
Bonsai Wire
Bonsai Trays

Bonsai Garden

Detailed Explanation of Bonsai Soil

The increased popularity of growing Bonsai trees and plants has brought with it many more specialist shops; the Internet being virtually awash with Bonsai supplies. As a beginner, it is usual for people to go out and buy everything they think they could possibly want to ever grow a Bonsai. However, there is a good chance you may not need it. You can buy Bonsai soil at very reasonable prices now, and this soil is mixed to a perfect combination of nutrients, soil and grit that will help your Bonsai grow, but many practitioners of the ancient art of Bonsai would probably consider this cheating.

As a beginner, it is important that you do what you can to make your first Bonsai as successful as possible. Many people will throw in the towel after just one failure, and when you consider how long a Bonsai can take to reach maturity this really isn't an overnight hobby. You must get into a regime of regular watering, annual potting and plenty of care and attention in order to be able to enjoy a beautiful Bonsai for your troubles.

Is Bonsai soil expensive?

Bonsai soil shouldn't be costing you very much more than normal potting compost or bags of nutrient rich soil that you use in your garden. A good Bonsai soil, however, may contain a long list of ingredients including clay, soil and even bark. Some of these ingredients are loaded with the nutrients that your Bonsai will thrive on, and paying that little extra can certainly promote good healthy growth from your beloved project.

Whether you decide you want to use bags of Bonsai soil or make your own soil there are certain things you need to make sure of before planting your Bonsai in the soil. A good Bonsai soil needs to have excellent drainage to make sure the water can seep to the roots and out of the bottom of the soil and through the holes in your pot. It is a good idea to have two different soils, one coarser than the other. This way, the screened soil acts as a sort of irrigation for your plants.

As well as this, you may want to consider buying nutrient supplements that you can add when repotting or mix with the soil that you use. However, if you are growing your Bonsai in a suitable area this isn't always needed.

About the Author

Bonsia HQ, for lots of information about looking after your bonsai.