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Ilithya:
Hello Everyone. Can i please ask for a suggestion from you guys? Can i use River Sand for my Bonsai? What's the advantages and disadvantages of using it. I read one article in a forum about using River Sand that it would be beneficial for the Bonsai to use it. Does anyone here tried and used River Sand?

Thank you in advace for everyone who will answer my post.

Thank you
Eddy

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scereghino:
I do not use classic river sand . the reason is the grains are typical round material. If I grew species found along rivers that held water then I would be more inclined. I do use a lot of gruss (decomposed granite) because it is more angular and will hold air pockets a little better as well as small pockets of residual water.

On anther side though, river sand is cheap and easy to get. try to get the larger grains if possible.

There are other folks that have way more experience than I do. perhaps they can chime in to the benefits of using river sand.
Scott

Ilithya:

--- Quote from: scereghino on November 11, 2016, 11:50 AM ---I do not use classic river sand . the reason is the grains are typical round material. If I grew species found along rivers that held water then I would be more inclined. I do use a lot of gruss (decomposed granite) because it is more angular and will hold air pockets a little better as well as small pockets of residual water.

On anther side though, river sand is cheap and easy to get. try to get the larger grains if possible.

There are other folks that have way more experience than I do. perhaps they can chime in to the benefits of using river sand.
Scott

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Thank you for your advice

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bwaynef:
Depending what article you were reading, river sand might mean a few different things.  If it was an article translated from Japanese, river sand is a translation of one of the japanese soil particles: I think Kiryu. 

I'd hesitate to use anything that compacts, or doesn't allow for a lot of oxygen exchange.  Fine particles of sand will prevent air from getting into the rootball and hold too much moisture.

Ilithya:

--- Quote from: bwaynef on November 11, 2016, 04:08 PM ---Depending what article you were reading, river sand might mean a few different things.  If it was an article translated from Japanese, river sand is a translation of one of the japanese soil particles: I think Kiryu. 

I'd hesitate to use anything that compacts, or doesn't allow for a lot of oxygen exchange.  Fine particles of sand will prevent air from getting into the rootball and hold too much moisture.

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Thank you so much for your response

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