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Bonsai General Soil Mix

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What is it?

Every few years, bonsai trees should be removed from their containers and the old growing medium replaced. As bonsai grow in very small containers with little growing medium, your choice of medium is important to ensure trees grow healthily for years.

This General Soil Mix contains Mature Milled Pine Bark for adequate water retention. Coarse Crushed Silica Stone is added for drainage and to prevent compaction which may deprive the roots of life giving oxygen. Unlike fresh pine bark which some mixes contain, our mature bark will not consume Nitrogen, depriving the bonsai tree of growth. Good drainage reduces risk of root rot and ultimate demise of a tree.

How to use?

The mix is ready to be used right out of the bag in most cases. Should you require a drier, faster draining mix then add Leca. If you require more water retention then add more Peat Moss. Both components are part of our Bonsai range. Garden soil is too fine and should never be used in growing mixes.

Bag Contents

50% Mature Milled Pine Bark

50% Crushed Silica Stone

If you are a more experienced bonsai grower I would suggest the Bonsai Professional Growing Medium

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Stefan B.
South Africa

General Mix

The General mix is very nice looking soil for most bonsai. Seems hold moisture well but at the same time free draining. Very nice for smaller trees establishing roots!


A little bit fine

I've bought plenty of products from bonsaitree.co.za and I must admit that this is the first one that I've found to be a little bit disappointing. In my opinion, the mix contains too many fine, dust-like particles for my liking and I found that I had to sift it quite a lot before I felt happy using it. The cost is quite low though, so all in all I'd say it's still worth buying it as a cheaper bulking agent, especially for the mix I use for some of my more forgiving succulents and for overpotted trees in training.

Edward K.
South Africa

Great Product

The soil drains very well and does not leave excessive water which normally would rot your roots. Would buy again.

Kendell W.
South Africa

General Growing mix

Excellent- This mix retains more moisture than the profesional mix, so, good if your watering regime is less regular or for trees that require a little more moisture.

Muhammad Adamjee

Perfect soil for my trees

This is the best quality soil i have found so far. My trees are growing so well in it. It drains well but also retains some of the water. I would definitely recommend it to others.