fallingleaf wrote:thanks for all the replies. Norm i might try make my own soil as well, or get a few that you all have suggested and mix them. I think the soil i have is great but maybe missing something.
I think im turning into a bonsai freak. This summer i want to go to the greenhouse and buy some little starter trees and make my own.
Curious question.. if i made a bonsai then planted it in the ground, would it then grow to be a twisted tree? I think that would be awesome but I can't find anything about it on the internet.
Better to do it the other way. Plant the seedling in the ground to allow it to get some size and thicken up. You can also bend or shape as desired during this process. When you have the thickness you like, pull it and pot it up to begin the process of shaping and sculpting.
I buy turface in big bags and mix it with chopped pine bark. Then I buy a large bag of Miracle Gro potting soil and mix it 1 part potting soil ~ 3 parts the turface/pinebark mix. This seems to create just the right amount of perching affect that I want for most trees. For Privet and others that like a moister mix I go a tad heavier with the Potting Soil. For Pines I go a little heavier with the turfac/pinebark. This has worked well for me for years.