Is this an aceptable mix to use?

bsmith717(6)March 22, 2013

At least till I can source and make the proper gritty mix.

It consists of 50% perlite and 50% Akadama Bonsai soil. It is granular clay mineral that is porous and allows for good drainage but also retains some water and nutrients.

I have a few bags of mulch that was listed as a useable brand to sift for gritty mix but I haven't gotten the hardware to do so yet.

Here is what it looks like. And don't mind the Jade, I watered it too early in potting soil and am trying to get it to recover.

Anyone read Japanese???

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TT, zone 5b MA

Hi -

I am very familiar with akadama - use it for my maple and pine bonsai every now and then, when I feel like splurging!

My only concern with using it for C&S is that it may break down too quickly. Over time, it may start to lose its free draining properties. So, it may be a more short term media than you might want it to be. I think there are some varieties that are harder fired than others, so they may break down less quickly?

Perlite...pumice...turface...lava rock has served me best for my C&S.

If you stay with the akadama mix let us know how it works out for you.

Thanks.

Tom

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