This bonsai substrate called Akadama, is hard-baked Japanese clay, specifically produced for Bonsai purposes It needs to be sifted before use. Keep in mind that after about two years Akadama starts to break down, reducing aeration to a certain extent. This means that regular repotting is required, or that Akadama should be used in a mix with well-draining soil components.
There are a number of qualities that are required in a good soil mix
The soil needs to be able to hold and retain sufficient quantities of water to supply moisture to the Bonsai between each watering.
Excess water must be able to drain immediately from the pot. Soils lacking good drainage are too water retentive, lack aeration and are liable to a build up of salts. Too much water-retention will also cause the roots to rot, killing the tree.
The particles used in a Bonsai mix should be of sufficient size to allow tiny gaps or air pockets between each particle. Beside the need of oxygen for the roots, it is also important to let the good bacteria and mycorrhizae intact, so the processing of food will take place before being absorbed by the root-hairs and send to the leaves for photosynthesis.
A particle-based, well-structured inorganic soil allows fast drainage of water and allows fresh air to continually enter the soil. A compacted organic soil that lacks any structure also lacks aeration and drainage and this can lead to ill health in the roots and tree and root rot.
This substrate is sold in 1 gallon bag.
This is shipped USPS Priority Mail, 2 - 3 days and is shipped from Pennsylvania.
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