Who doesn’t love bonsai plants ? Everyone does. Seeing them placed in a room or garden brings peace to soul. These eye catching plants are very impressive. They are shaped with so much creativity and patience.The hard work that goes behind creating it perfect includes regular pruning, wiring,maintaining the pots, keeping Bonsai soil for good ventilation and the health of roots. The plant have thick stem so it can be easily destroyed because garden soil holds water for long time so good soil mixture plays an important role in making a bonsai plant healthy.
I learned to make Bonsai soil in India from WhatAPlant video on YouTube. There are many videos on making bonsai soil but most of them require the fancy combination. I like to make my soil using the ingredients that are easily accessible and this mixture recipe is perfect for it .
Things required to create Bonsai soil are –
Bonsai soil that we are making is a combination of organic and inorganic soil. We will require coco peat, bricks, marble gravels, pumice stone, compost, hammer,water bowl and strainer .
Organic Soil- (1:1 ) – We require 50% of compost and 50% coco peat from the organic mixture.
1. Coco peat
Inorganic soil – ( 1:1:2 ) – We will use 25% pumice stone, 25% marble gravels and 50% bricks from this mixture.
3. Pumice stone
And then after readying the soil we will use the combination as per the climatic condition of our place .
For dry region – We will use 60% organic and 40% inorganic oil for cold region – We will use 30% organic and 70% inorganic mixture for normal climate – We will use 40% organic and 60% inorganic mixture
How to create Bonsai soil –
1. Coco peat – We can buy it easily online or shred coco husk from dried coconut shells. Then with the help of a strainer we will strain all the particle. Remember we will use the particles that are on the the strainer, not what goes downwards.
2. Compost – We will strain compost and use the bigger particles that remain in the strainer.
3. Pumice stone – You can find pumice stone in beauty stores. Or even get the broken ones from the stores online. With the help of a hammer we have to break pumice stone into small pieces and then strain it too. We don’t want to use pumice dust.
4. Marble gravels – I bought marble gravels from my marble factory and used it for my bonsai soil after giving it a wash, so that the dust settles down. You can get it from any construction company.
5. Brick pieces ( lamp pieces ) – We will break bricks into small pieces with the help of a hammer and strain it in the same way . No brick dust will be used for bonsai soil. I reused my diwali lighted mitti lamps that looked like brick.
Still confused or have doubt regarding anything ? You can check my other gardening posts here. Also check the video that I watched and created my Bonsai soil –