This is a quote from ynot:
I would really like to know what people might think are alternatives to peat moss in an arid climate such as the high Sonoran Desert where I live?There are other more suitable organic components which will effectively retain moisture without the problems inherent in peat moss.
I found that even with the soil at 33-50% peat moss, I was still watering 2 times a day(completely by immersion) Until the monsoon season, we had 90 days or so of 105+ degree weather. My plants have survived and thrived and over watering is almost an impossibility here with plants that are outside...
We are now going into our second grow season so I'm looking forward to more growth in the plants I've made so far - and the 100+ degree days have returned.
So, I'd like to hear what might be an alternative to peat moss if it's so bad for bonsai?
Thanks again for all the great info...