Author Topic: Where to buy soil components online for reasonable prices?  (Read 1775 times)

JDNeessen

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I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions about where to buy soil components online for reasonable prices?  I'm looking for red lava, pumice, and expanded shale.  I can buy them at home depot, but I end up having to break up the lava with a hammer on my patio and that is getting a bit old.  Home depot or local nurseries don't have the right sized components, so I spend a lot of time making them the right size and sifting them.  The other components like peat, sand, pine bark, etc I can find fairly easily at local stores and can just add them to my mix.  It's really the lava that is the trouble.

I don't have a huge collection of trees right now, around a dozen so I don't need a truck full of these, but just enough to repot a few of them a year.  I made my own soil for the first time this year and my plants seem to be reacting well to it.  I had to fiddle with the recipe when I repotted the second round of trees since I noticed the few I repotted first were drying out too quickly here in the high desert. 

Any suggestions for good sites are welcome.  Thanks very much for your help!
 

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Re: Where to buy soil components online for reasonable prices?
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2014, 04:10 PM »
WeeTree has pre-mixed soil for reasonable prices shipped.  They also sell the components (and in bulk if necessary).
 

Charles Willis

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Re: Where to buy soil components online for reasonable prices?
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2014, 07:06 PM »
I haven't personally used it yet, but was referred to the site BonsaiJack.com. The aggregates are presifted. The prices seem reasonable and include shipping.
 

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Re: Where to buy soil components online for reasonable prices?
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2014, 08:30 AM »
here in the mid-atlantic region, a livestock supply chain called Southern States sells a pumice product called Dry Stall for about $20 for about 40 lbs.  When sifted you might end up with a 5 gal. bucket full. 
 

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Re: Where to buy soil components online for reasonable prices?
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2014, 09:19 AM »
I have used Dry Stall and the particles are a bit small so you have a loss when sifting. BonsaiJack has clean pumice.
 

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Re: Where to buy soil components online for reasonable prices?
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2014, 11:02 AM »
For me, at this time, it's just a hell of a lot easier to buy premixed soil.  I bought Akoi brand from Cass Bonsai this spring.  So easy and I've had the healthiest trees I've ever had this yr too...which I know is anecdotal but still ;)