"Boon" Soil Basics and Recipe
Information is based upon teachings of Boon Manakitivipart, Bonsai Boon, www.bonsaiboon.com.
All ingredients need to be a uniform size
1 Part Cinder
I Part Pumice
I Part Akadama
1/2 cup Horticultural Charcoal (per 5 gal bucket)
1 cup Crushed Granite (for conifers you can add more pumice and cinder and use less akadama, about 1/4 bucket)
How to Use
- Place tie down wires in your pot.
- Put drainage layer in your pot. Should be about twice the size of your soil particles.
- Make a mound of "Boon" soil in your pot.
- Place your tree on top of the "Boon" soil.
- Cover your tree's roots with a small amount of "Boon" soil.
- Anchor your tree into the pot using the tie down wires.
- Finish filling the pot with "Boon" soil.
- Using a chop stick, gently work the soil into and around the roots going around the pot one time.
- Then tap the pot all the way around using your fist or a rubber mallet to settle the soil in.
- Place a layer of sphagnum moss over the top of the soil.
- Water your tree until the water runs clear from the bottom drain holes in your pot.
- Protect your tree and do not fertilize for two to four weeks.
- The best fertilizer to use with "Boon" soil is organic.