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Bonsai Jack Succulent and Cactus Soil Gritty Mix #111 – 2 Quarts – Fast Draining – Zero Root Rot – Optimized pH

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Succulent and Cactus Soil . Ultra fast draining design helps prevent root rot and over watering. Contains no heavy potting soil ingredients such as sphagnum or peat moss. Provide your prized plant with a potting soil that mimics its natural dry environment. Proven number one seller.

Features include.

  • FASTEST DRAINING SUCCULENT / CACTUS SOIL AVAILABLE!  Prevents root rot and over watering. Will not damage roots.
  • Optimized pH of 5.5. Perfect for succulents, cactus, bonsai and other acid loving plants.
  • Pathogen free with extended pathogen control.
  • Ultra lightweight and airy. Contains Bonsai Block®, Monto Clay® and Pine Bark Fines.
  • Available in several bag sizes.

Soil Mix: Bonsai Succulent and Cactus Soil Gritty Mix #111
Ingredients: 33% 1/4 Pine Bark Fines, 33% 1/4 Bonsai Block(calcined clay) and 33% Monto Clay(1/4 inch Turface).
Bulk Density: .350 ounces per cubic inch
pH: 5.5
Re-water Days: Succulents 5-30 days. Bonsai Trees 1-5 days
Average Particle Size: ¼ Inch
Minimum Size: 1/8th
Maximum Size: 3/8ths
Application: Acid loving plants including succulents
Condition: Sifted, Washed, Treated, Dried and Bagged.

Did you know?
All of our soil products are state inspected and tested on a regular basis in order to comply with multi-state regulations.
This ensures you receive material free of dangerous pathogens that can damage or kill plants. This is also required to maintain six nursery stamps that allow us to ship to all 50 states.
Products containing organic material may have been treated with one or more of the following to ensure multi-state compliance.

1. Bifenthrin drench.
2. Steam at 200 degrees Fahrenheit

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SKU: 799600830710 Category:

Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 8 × 4 in
Color

A mix of tan, dark brown and a variety of earth tones.

Raw Material

Calcined clay, pine bark and Montmorillonite clay.

Country of Origin(COO)

United States

Average Particle Size

1/4 Inch

Minimum Particle Size

1/8th Inch

Maximum Particle Size

3/8ths Inch

Manufacturer

Bonsai Jack LLC

Quarts

2, Dry

Cubic Inches

134

Cubic Feet

.07

Packaging

2 Quart Bag

pH

5.5

Plant Type

Formulated specifically for succulent and cactus plants.

Other Applications

Other acid loving plants that prefer a fast draining soil blend to prevent root rot.

Bulk Density

.290 ounces per cubic inch

Additives

Dye-free. We comply with State laws which require products containing Pine bark to be treated with a Bifenthrin drench. This helps prevent the spread of invasive species and provides some residual pathogen control for your plant.

Conversations ...

  1. Perreaultbecky (verified owner)

    First let me say that I absolutely love this mix for succulents, mine are all doing very well in it. I received a string of pearls a few weeks ago in a 2″ pot and would like to get it out of the soil it came in. The soil seems pretty heavy to me, but it is healthy at the moment. I’m a tad nervous about doing this since the roots are so fragile. Would it do good in this mix or should I opt for something else? Or maybe I just shouldn’t mess with it for a while. Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you!!

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello. Thank you for the message. The number two rule in bonsai is not to change the soil if the plant is thriving. You also have very small plants that should be established a bit more before repotting. You are correct about the roots being fragile. I would hold off for a year or more. If you need to increase the pot size you can use a high-quality potting soil or raised bed potting mix from one of the big box stores and slip pot them. This is sliding the entire root ball and old soil in a new pot and surrounding it with the new soil. You want to be sure you are using a similar soil when doing this. A year or two from now when they become more established you can look at changing them over to a gritty mix.
      You mentioned the pots feels heavy. Be sure to let the soil dry out most of the way between waterings. This can be several days to several weeks depending on your zone.

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  2. Roger Kirkbride

    Got the cactus and succulent mix, It is the stuff you want, quick draining so your plants don’t root rot I had that happen with another popular brand! I can see these plants thriving with some sun and a little water all will be good , Thanks Jack for a GREAT PRODUCT! Some complain about the price, I think you get what you pay for, without having to buy new plants after your others die, it’s worth the price!

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thank you for the kind words and feedback Roger. I agree. Our biggest complaint is price. We are under enormous pressure to lower prices but that would cheapen the product. We refuse to sell an inferior product.

      Have a great week

      Jack

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  3. Roger Kirkbride

    Got this mix yesterday and I just love the way it drains so fast but retains a little water for the plants. It’s easy to use, root rot is a thing of the past with this mix , all you need is a drain hole in your pot and little common sense!

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  4. Abby

    I just planted my succulents in your 111 gritty mix. Do I need to worry about the soil losing nutrients over time and replace it?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the question Abby. You don’t have to worry about replacing the soil but you still need to supply food no matter the soil type. Fertilizer in important for most plants. We apply a slow release granular fertilizer every march for inexpensive plants. We use acidic organic fertilizer every couple of months from Tropical Green Bonsai on our high-end plants. Any balanced fertilizer from a big box store will work fine. This can be 7-7-7, 10-10-10, 20-20-20…. Be sure to follow the instructions. Too much fertilizer can damage a plant. Granular fertilizer is easier to use because it lasts for several months. Water soluble fertilizer is easier to find.

      Have a great week

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  5. Joyce

    I use your product, succulent soil for all my succulents and they look great. I want to plant some hen and chicks in a strawberry pot. Can I use the succulent soil for this? If so can I use a watering pipe in it? I also used your succulent soil in two desert roses I bought at a flea market very cheap. They both looked kind of bad but after I replanted in a pot with the bonsai jack soil they have tripled in size tall and round. They are about 3 months old now.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Joyce. Thank you for the positive feedback. Its amazing how succulent react when they are planted in material similar to their native environment. I am not sure if a strawberry pot will work that well. As long as you controlled the water I think it will be fine. The pot itself will breathe enough to keep air in the particles. Give it a try on some inexpensive plants. I would love to see photos.

      Thanks
      Jack

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  6. Chun

    Do you ship to Toronto Ontario Canada? If not, do you know any source in Toronto?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Chun. We do ship to Canada from this website but the rates are very expensive. You can view the rates at checkout. We do warehouse some products with Amazon Canada including 2 quart bags of the succulent soil. You can find the product by searching Amazon.ca for succulent soil.

      Have a great week
      Thanks
      Jack

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  7. Anne

    Hello,

    Will this gritty mix be okay for snake plant and spider plant? I also have a cactus soil mix and I’m thinking to mix these two together. Will this be okay for those plants?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. The gritty mix will work but stability could be an issue if they are tall. You may need to support the plants for couple of months until they root out into the gritty mix. You can stabilize them with the supplied chopstick or stakes similar to what you see in orchid plantings. Cutting gritty mix with regular potting soil is not ideal but some plants will tolerate it. Please test your final mix before relying on it.

      Have a great week

      Thanks
      Jack

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  8. Kay

    Will this soil work for nerve plants (fittonia) and/or pothos?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message Kay. Gritty mix is not a good idea for your plants. I would recommend a high quality potting soil from the big box store. It will save you money and the plant will be happier. Gritty mix is best for bonsai, succulent and cactus.

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  9. Asya (verified owner)

    Will this soil be good for a plant similar to a Snake Plant and a Haworthia?

    Thank you so much!

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Asya,

      Thanks for the message. Snake Plants prefer traditional peat based potting soil. Our products will work with Hawthoria though.

      Have a great week
      Jack

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  10. Question

    Noellie Zeman

    Do I need to add anything else to this mix, like soil? How do you tell when the plants need to be watered if I’m used to going off the dryness of the potting soil the plant came in.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello. Thanks for the message.

      We generally do not recommend users add potting soil to our gritty mix. This defeats the fast draining properties by clogging the porous voids which gritty mix provides. It also adds pathogens to the container. Millions of plants are successfully growing in our gritty mix without the addition of other ingredients. Part of the success of gritty is due to the fact it forces feeder roots to immediately develop on the root ball base. This is important for containerized plants such as succulents. Please call or email if you have questions or concerns.
      Watering times will vary based on zone and the location of your plant. As a general rule it’s a good idea to water when the soil is completely dry. You want to give the roots a chance to dry out. This can range from 2 days(full Florida sun) to two weeks inside. You can tell if the soil is still moist by scratching back a little of the gritty mix to see if the particles are a darker color.

      The first time you water you want to soak the plant for a couple of minutes. After that you only need to add water until it starts draining from the bottom. This usually only takes about 5 seconds. The fired clay will absorb enough moisture for the plant. I know it looks odd but this is the way gritty mix is designed. Also, please remember to only add water when the soil is completely dry. Many growers think the soil is too dry and over water the plant until its dead. More information can be found on our FAQ page located here https://www.bonsaijack.com/f-a-q/ and our YouTube channel located here YouTube.com/BonsaiJack

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  11. Question

    Sarah

    I recently bought the gritty mix and repotted two new plants from the store (a peperomia ferreyrae and haworthia zebra). The zebra plant is doing great, but the peperomia is losing some leaves. Is this soil sutable for that variety?

    I also repotted an aloe (doing great!) and an echeveria, and the echeveria is losing a ton of leaves and drooping. Is this normal after repotting? I know the rule is to leave the plant in the old soil if it’s doing well, but the echeveria wasn’t looking great before, and now looks much worse. Maybe it was dying before I repotted? Thanks for any advice! I’m new to succulents.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Sarah,

      Thanks for the message. It depends on the species of peperomia. In general no. These will probably do better in traditional potting soil for house plants.

      I am sorry to hear that not all of the plants are doing well. Repotting is stressful for any plant as you are handling the root system. It tough to diagnose the issue without seeing the plant in person.

      Here are a few common issues you might want to check.

      1. Drainage Holes. Water needs to drain from the pot.
      2. Watering intervals. The plant should be watered only when the soil is completely dry. A good initial watering will hydrate the soil.
      3. Preexisting root damage. If the plant is too far gone from previous peat based root rot it may not fully recover in the new gritty mix.
      4. Proper Repot vs. Slip Potting. Most of the old peat-based soil should be removed from the plant before potting it up in a gritty mix. Failure to do this will result in wet and dry areas in the container.
      5. Over fertilizing / too much insecticide. More is not always better. Please be sure to follow all instructions when treating your plant with chemicals.
      6. Added ingredients. Adding peat-based soil products will defeat the fast draining and balanced properties of the gritty mix. This soil is ready to use as is.

      You can also check out our videos at YouTube.com/BonsaiJack

      Have a great week.

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  12. Question

    Kara

    Good evening! I live in Zone 5 and have recently purchased hardy succulents to plant outdoors (in-ground). I was hoping you could provide your expertise regarding your mix and how much of our natural ground soil I should rid of before planting these succulents? Does it depend on the succulents? I was thinking about digging 6-8 inches deep then placing a layer of rock? And then do I fill in the rest of the area with your mix? Or is your mix specifically for pots? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Kara. Thanks for the message. Our mix is optimized for containerized plants. We do have a couple of customers who order in bulk for ultra-high end gardens. These are mostly commercial establishments. I would only use it in areas to root system will access the soil. If you only expect the roots to penetrate three inches then you will probably use 4 inches of soil. Digging in a circular fashion will also help. If you expect the plant to reach 6 inches in width then an 8 inch hole would be ideal. You want to avoid spending hundreds extra on the high-end soil if the root system is not going to access it. Gritty mix is man made and expensive to produce.

      You asked about drainage layer material. This is a good idea. It never hurts to place a few inches of regular lava rock below the planting area. Lava rock can be purchased form Lowes or Home Depot for a few bucks per bag. This will keep water from pooling at the bottom of the gritty mix.

      I hope this helps

      Thanks
      Jack

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  13. Question

    Alex

    I bought a bag and was wondering if this succulent mix would be good to use with Pilea? ( Chinese money plant)

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the message. Gritty mix is probably not a good fit for regular house plants. I would recommend using a high-quality potting soil. Gritty mix is very expensive to produce and should be saved for plants that require it such as succulents and bonsai. Have a great week

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  14. Question

    svenskatattoo (verified owner)

    How well would a Liquid Fertilizer remain in this Gritty Mix? I am currently using Grow More Cactus Juice 1-7-6 at the recommended rate per label of 1 tsp per gallon of water every 2weeks. Would love to hear your thoughts on this Jack. Is the Mix so well draining I should use more often? more volume? I water every 5 or six days when my pots are totally dry. Succulents in terra-cotta. Thanks; Keith

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    • Keith

      Thanks So Much Jack! I love the Gritty Mix and will be buying more for sure.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Keith, Thanks for the email. Liquid fertilizers usually dissipate within a couple of waterings. The gritty mix will absorb some nutrients. We apply a slow release granular fertilizer every march for inexpensive plants. Granular fertilizer is easier to use because it lasts for several months. Water soluble fertilizer is easier to find and the plants respond faster. They will both work as long as you follow the instructions provided, regardless of soil type. Too much fertilizer is a bad thing.

      I hope this helps

      Thanks
      Jack

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  15. Callista

    Hi Jack!

    First wanted to say that I’ve had great success using your gritty mix with my jades-they absolutely love it!

    Currently, I am germinating Escobaria abdita. First of all, do you think this mix would work well for this plant? If not, is there a custom mix I could create you would recommend? Secondly, (and I understand if you’re not sure) do you have any advice on how long I should wait before transferring the babies to this mix? I’m worried if I transfer them too soon it could stress them.

    Thanks

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Thanks for the comment and question. I think the soil will be a good fit. Its always a good idea to test on young plants before planting elderly specimens. We grow succulents from cuttings straight in the mix. You should be fine. Seeds may be difficult because of the size. If you are transferring them from potting soil to the gritty mix you want to make sure the root system is established enough for the move.

      I hope this helps

      Thanks
      Jack

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  16. Betsy

    Would this soil be good for an elephant bush? I think it’s in the succulent family.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Betsy. This soil should work on your zone. Please be sure to test new soils on young material before converting specimens over to gritty mix.

      Have a great week
      Thanks
      Jack

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  17. Lisa

    Would this be a good option for starting succulent seeds in?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Lisa. Its great for cuttings. Some have reported success with seeds but we have not personalty tested. It would be a good idea to try it on a couple of seeds before relying on it. A traditional potting soil may be the best option for seeds.

      Thanks
      jack

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  18. Question

    judd blake

    This soil is much different than the soil the plants I purchased are in. How do I repot so I get the best results? Should I remove most of the old soil? Should I moisten the gritty mic or use it dry? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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    • Lynn

      Is this soil good for Aloe plants?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Lynn. Yes its a great fit.
      Have a good week

      Thanks
      Jack

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Good Morning Judd,

      This video will help a little bit. https://www.bonsaijack.com/blog/chopsticking/
      It is best to remove all of the soil from the old plant. You want to repot it like you would with any other plant. If you completely remove all of the old soil the plant will need to be left alone for a couple of weeks until it recovers. Some people will leave some of the old soil in place for stability on smaller plants(under 3 inches). This can be important if you have a wedding coming up or need to show the plant. I personally will use the chopstick and aluminum wire to hold 2-3 inch plants upright until they fully recover. This is not an issue for larger plants. I recommend removing all of the old soil as regular potting soil can contain pathogens.

      I hope this helps
      Have a great week

      Thanks
      Jack

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  19. Tiny pot watering requirements

    Mischa

    I’m loving working with your gritty soil; it just feels like the right way to go for succulents. I’ve included a picture of the tiny pots that I’ve put some succulents in. I chopstick-ed them to bare roots while repotting. Would you talk more about watering requirements while establishing them as well as ongoing? I’m a little anxious about how little water will be available in such tiny pots and this fantastic-draining soil of yours.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello. Thanks for the pic. The pots looks great! The most important factor is watering. You want to be sure to only water when the sol is completely dry. The pots should contain drainage holes. Your plants prefer dry feet.

      Have a great week

      Thanks
      Jack

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  20. Question

    paul

    Hey there, i have been growing succulents for about 2 years now and have come up with an “ok” mix using a 3-1 ratio of store bought soil and perlite but even with that in the winter i keep losing some to root rot. i love the idea of this soil and the quick draining aspect but can you explain how they will survive without any soil in the mix? i might be overthinking it but i could use a little more info.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Paul. Thanks for the message. The thought of a soilless product does sound kind of odd doesn’t it. Your plants will not only survive but they will thrive. If you think about succulents in nature you will understand. Limited water without wet feet. Our soil will retain some nutrients with its CEC properties. At the same time it will allow water to be absorbed by the roots. The number one rule when it comes to succulents, no matter the soil, is to only water when the soil is dry. I hope this helps. Give it a try.

      Thanks
      Jack

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  21. Question

    melissa891205

    Is this soil mix good for Jade plant?
    I just bought a small jade plant from a nursery store, should I change the soil right away?

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    • Melissa

      Thank you Jack! How can I tell that the plant is stressed?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      The plant will be browning, wilting or losing foliage. If you post a picture we can have a look.

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    • melissa891205

      Thank you Jack!

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    • gigi

      Is your Gritty Mix good for Christmas Cactus?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Its a great fit Gigi. Have a great week

      Thanks
      Jack

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    • Staff Bonsai Jack

      Hello Melissa. I would love to sell you a bag of our premium soil but if the plant is happy then its best to keep it in the current soil. I would wait until its ready to be up potted before upgrading. If the plant appears to be stressed then it would be a good idea to get it into our 111 mix. I hope this help

      Thanks
      Jack

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  22. Question

    Dottie downham

    I’m new and have purchased 6 plants succulent. Going to put in 4″ terra-cotta pots. What size bag of your soil should cover and how long before I get it in spartanburg sc. thank you.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Dottie. We have a nifty soil calculator located here https://www.bonsaijack.com/soil-calculator/ The pot you have is a conical frustum so you want to use the last option on the soil calculator page. it appears you will need about 1 gallon of soil for six 4 inch pots. Please double check the measurements though before ordering.
      Have a great weekend

      Thanks
      Jack

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  23. Question

    merla christiani

    Just received my bag of 2 QT Bonsai Jack succulent soil mix #111 & am confused how to use it. Question: Do I use this alone in my planting pot OR do I mix it with a potting soil-if so, what ratio do I use? Help! Thank you, Merla

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Merla. The soil is ready to use as is. Some people will add other product to the mix but it will decrease drainage. If you are new to gritty mixes please check our FAQ page by clicking the link at the bottom of any page.

      Have a great week

      Thanks
      Jack

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  24. Question

    Troy Donaldson

    I live in the Tampa Florida area and am wondering when is the best time of the year to repot into your mix?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Troy. It depends on the plant. Some plants are repotted when they are dormant and others only during the hotter months. Most tropicals should be repotted when its 60 at night on average. If you need hands-on advice you can also visit Artisans Bonsai. They are a full-service nursery. You can find the contact details using our Nursery Locator tool located at the bottom of the page.

      Have a great week

      Thanks
      Jack

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  25. Question

    Vince

    I buy your succulent mix for all my succulents and cactus. How often should the plants be fertilized?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Vince. As a nursery we fertilize once per year in march using a slow release fertilizer. We use organic cakes from Tropical Green Bonsai on our high end plants. Most home growers will use a water-soluble fertilizer every 30-60 days when watering. Try and locate a balanced fertilizer form your local hardware store. Something like 5-5-5, 10-10-10 or 20-20-20. As long as its balanced you should be fine. Be sure to follow the instructions.

      Have a great week

      Thanks
      Jack

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  26. Question

    Debra Edwards

    What mix do I use for my money tree? What mix do I use for my ponytail plant?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Debra. I am not qualified to advise on either of these plants. The ponytail specimens, over 10 feet, grow naturally in sandy soil. I suspect both of these plants will do well in high quality store bought potting soil. Gritty mix is probably too dry. If you do try a gritty mix I would add some organic potting soil to the mix for added moisture retention.
      Have a great week

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  27. Question

    caitlinhicks93

    I have a possibly stupid question… I ordered this succulent soil, removed all old dirt from my succulents, cleaned their terracotta pots, planted them, and waited a few days to water just in case I damaged their roots in the process… now I water them as normal, but every single day they have a dead leaf. I wouldn’t be so concerned if they weren’t such young plants as the dying leaves are at the bottom, but they are running out of leaves… is it me? is it the soil? All other plants seem to be doing well except these 3 plants, which were doing fine until I replanted them.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello C,
      The plants appear to be stressed out after repotting. Some foliage loss is normal after repotting. The older bottom leaves are the first to go. You were correct by removing most of the soil before repotting. It’s not practical to remove all of the soil as it can damage the root system. I suspect the issue is with the initial watering that did not happen. This soil ships very dry as its fired in a kiln. Every repotted plant should be soaked in water for a few minutes, no matter the soil. Then resume a regular watering cycle until the plant recovers from the stress of repotting. Only water when the soil is dry. More information can be found on our FAQ page. I don’t think you will lose the plants from this but it will certainly add to the stress level and recovery time. Let them be a for a few weeks to recover. Only watering every 3-5 days. You should see then harden off and start to push again.
      If you find the soil is not working for your needs after this time please contact us for a full refund. We happily pay the return shipping and do not charge restock fees.

      I hope this helps. Please call or email with questions or concerns.

      Have a great week

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      Jack

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  28. Question

    Olivia Devescovi

    So when we do water using only this mix, shouldn’t it be soaked for a long period of time? 30 min? Couple hours? 1/2 day? So the bark can absorb the water? Or do you pour water over it for a few minutes and just let it continually drain?

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Olivia. Soaking is not required. You want to water until it comes out of the bottom. This usually only takes a couple of seconds. That is enough water to recharge the pine bark and calcined clay with moisture. Some people will soak the plants for a few minutes when the soil is watered for the first time.

      Have a great 4th

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  29. Question

    Faith

    Hi! I was just wondering what the best way to store this soil would be. My mother left her potting soil out in the elements for… I don’t know, years? So, I’m tentative to use that for my succulent, not only because it isn’t a soil mixed for quick draining, but also because it’s saturated with water. So, I would very much like to know what the best storage conditions would be.
    Also, how quickly do you ship your product out? The succulent I mentioned before is fairly stressed and I would like to transplant it as soon as possible so that I have room to plant the cuttings when I behead it.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Faith. The soil will store for several years as long as its kept dry. If you plan on storing it for more than one year you want to dry it under the sun until its crispy dry. We ship 99 percent of our order within 24 hours.
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  30. Question

    Judy Williams (verified owner)

    I was given 5 succulents for Mothers Day. I found your site, purchased this product, planted all in the mix and all but one have failed completely, and the one that’s alive, isn’t looking good. Seems like I should add “soil”. Help me please.

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    • Bonsai Jack

      Hello Judy. I am sorry to hear that. I wanted to run through a checklist with you by phone. Can you please call me at 786-262-3135.

      Thanks
      Jack

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