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.
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