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Existing Bonsai A To Z Entry for Diatomaceous earth
- (Growing Medium)
Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. There are a number of varieties, one freshwater diatomite mined in Denmark and often referred to as Danish Pink is used in cat litter which in turn can be used as a bonsai growing medium.
It is also used as a growing medium in other potted plants.
Bonsai enthusiasts use it as a soil additive, or may even pot a bonsai tree in 100% diatomaceous earth. Like perlite, vermiculite, and expanded clay, it retains water and nutrients, while draining fast and freely, allowing high oxygen circulation within the growing medium.
Diatomite is mined at a few European locations and for a while Diatomite was mined at a location in Skye off the west coast of Scotland. Read about it here.
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