As a preface let me come clean and admit I am a novice at the art of bonsai.
I have recently purchased two Juniper Procumbens Nana in about 1/2 - 3/4 gal pots (in my intro I incorrectly said 1 gal pots) at a nursery and I am looking to repot these soon. I have been reading incessantly about soils and found this site https://www.bonsai4me.com/Basics/Basicscatlitter.htm
....and was wondering of it had validity. It seems like good info but I am still in the learning stage (as I will be forever) and willing to listen to other techniques before deciding upon a soil. Specifically I am intrigued by the Diatomaceous Earth.
I also have a Fukien Tea that is small ~ 3/8" trunk at ~ 7" tall, a Ficus Retusa that has a nice start with a 2+" trunk at 17" tall and a Brazilian Rain Tree that is also 2+" trunk and at 22" tall. All of these already in bonsai pots and doing nicely in training I will be contacting the provider of these to ask what he has used as I want to follow what he has done, at least initially as they are very healthy and he is local.
I have read the many posts on creating my own soil from the various components but it seems like some include organic ingredients and some use inorganic only.
Yes, I know conditions vary with growing zones and I will be keeping the Juniper outside while keeping the others inside at an East/SEast window and a grow light (which I will purchase this week) used as needed. So far I have noticed the Brazilian Rain Tree is waking up nicely to the morning sun and staying open until dusk so I assume (yeah I know the addage) that it is liking the amount of sun it is getting. I will keep a close eye on these as they acclimate.
I am listening and welcome all comments.
PS: I did read and I will re-read ynot's post on soils. It is a good read but I would like to hear other members chip in on their experience and soil composition successes and failures as well.
Spelling is my bane BTW, I apologize for the mis-spells!!!!