BONSAI TOOLS & SUPPLIES
DRAMM WATERBREAKER: The best for hose watering. 400 tiny holes
in a 2" cast aluminum head provides a high volume of water without
washing soil. Fits standard US garden hose connection. $11
BONSAI SOIL: Adams’ Bonsai soil mix is suitable for all but the
smallest mame bonsai. It is a sterile mix composed of Turface, grit,
and peat. I have been using this mix exclusively for nearly thirty
years with excellent results. Due to the lack of available nutrients
in this mix, annual use of a trace element supplement such as Micromax
is recommended for plants such as Zuisho which are unusually sensitive
to trace element deficiencies. Sold by the gallon. 5 lb./gal. $5/gal.
MICRONUTRIENTS: Trace elements necessary for healthy plant growth
are often missing from our soilless bonsai mixes. A life saver for 5
needle pines. Improves health & color of foliage on most
acid loving plants. Bonsai Micronutrients adds soluble sulfur, boron,
copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, & zinc in proper proportion.
Helps neutralize alkaline municipal water. Apply once annually at
spring bud break. Sprinkle powder over dry surface of soil and water
˝ pound jar treats 60 gallons of soil. $8
MVP: Fired agricultural clay. The size (about 3/16”) and texture promotes
the balance between drainage and moisture retention necessary for
bonsai soil mixes. Little or no compaction between pottings so drainage
is preserved. Pickup at nursery only. 50 lb. bag $15
6” BUD SCISSOR: The
second most used bonsai tool. Reaches into tight places to prune twigs
and leaves. Handles separated to avoid damage to trapped branches.
8” ROOT CUTTER: Makes removal
or pruning of major roots easy. Heavy cutting edges resist damage
from soil grit. A great help when potting. Reduces the temptation
to ruin concave pruner by use for root pruning.
HEMP SOIL BRUSH: Spreads and contours
soil. Aids in planting moss. Useful in removing debris from the planting
surface and tidying up the work area.
SINGLE POINT ROOT HOOK: Extremely useful for removing
soil & untangling roots when potting. Damages roots less than
multiple point repotting tools. Lifetime steel construction with plastic
cushioning material over the grip.