What does 1/16" - 1/4" Soil Size mean again?

I’m a little embarrassed to ask the question, but I’ll ask it anyways. When Ryan is talking about soil particle size between 1/16 - 1/4. Does he mean he keeps anything that stays in the sifter in the 1/16 and dumps out anything bigger than the 1/4 sifter?

Thanks in advance for anyone who can confirm for me. Thanks.


I think you are right!


as just a “+1” was to short to post here then in a full sentence.
Plus one, meaning yes.


Note: I keep the >1/10 inch to <1/16 sifted size for my tiniest mame bonsai (brass geology sifter…), and the >1/2 to <5/8 for the bottom aeration layer…
Throw the dust out on the lawn or garden.
Wow, this bonsai ing gets complicated…
If you run into a set of 6 brass geology /lab sifters cheap, but the whole set. They are in increments of 0.1" usually. They are crazy durable.

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Do you have a recommended geology sifter? Got a link?

BTW - thanks everyone for your input!

Oddly, I bought mine at yard sales.