duncan_mackenzie
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Transplanting a Japanese Maple

Hello All, I am new to this forum and am a very inexperienced gardener.
I want to transplant an Acer Palmatum Orange Dream from a raised bed into a pot. I understand that the perfect soil would be a sandy loam. How do I create this soil from scratch? :?
Thank You.
Regards,

Duncan

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Piet Patings
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Hi Duncan,
As a guideline for bonsai, smaller and larger ones, the soil I use as a standard mixture is 1/3 potting-soil, 1/3 sand (or grit) and 1/3 clay or loam, that we find plenty in our garden and surrounding.
I guess you can get the loam in any garden center, but perhaps also around your home !?
Then twice a year I feed it some organic (cow) fertilizer.
Piet, Tsubo-en

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koiboy01
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Hi Duncan,
I use 60% eracacious potting compost and 40% pea gravel to pot my Japanese maples and keep the compost damp but NOT WET
anyone who never made a mistake never made anything.

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Piet Patings
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Yep, like koiboy states "but NOT WET".....
Be aware for this to work the pot must have a drainage hole.
Piet, Tsubo-en



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