Author Topic: Why Should I Sift Bonsai Soil?  (Read 8337 times)

CamdenJim

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Re: Why Should I Sift Bonsai Soil?
« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2012, 08:44 PM »
Posted by Elliott:
I am a compulsive sifter . I actually enjoy it! it relaxes me. I'm not an anal retentive person, but I like looking at the rows of covered tubs under one of my tree benches that have all my different inorganic soils sifted and separated into 3 sizes.

My Comment:
OK - I'm new to bonsai (2 years), and I agree -- sifting is relaxing to me as well.

But I think we may both be a little Obsessive, if not completely over the anal hill.

So I have a question:  Don't you sift and keep covered tubs of organic material as well, sorted by origin and size?

:-)

Jim
 

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Re: Why Should I Sift Bonsai Soil?
« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2012, 09:21 PM »
Who uses organics?
 

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Re: Why Should I Sift Bonsai Soil?
« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2012, 12:14 AM »
Who uses organics?
I still put a little into my soil mix for my tropicals but i may ditch that once i run out of my tropical soil mix that i have mixed. What are your thoughts about using some organic material with trees such as ficus, schefflera, bald cypress, etc? I live in Southern California so it gets pretty warm.
 

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Re: Why Should I Sift Bonsai Soil?
« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2012, 07:54 AM »
I don't do tropicals any more, I got frustrated with the impact of long cold winters (even with high wattage commercial grow lights). If Iever live where I can grow them with minimal protection- look out, I think there are some spectacular trees out there and would love to try hem. I do have a few of the warm weather swamp trees that do well for us, Bald Cypress and Water Elm (Planera aquatics), we are working with them in inorganic mix, after many yars of sulking in others, the transition will take a couple of years, but we will see what happens.

John