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Author:  warren.j [ 15 Feb 2010, 16:31 ]
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Hi there i recently repotted a couple of my trees and unfortuantly i ran out of akadama. I really cant afford to buy any more or any other type of soil due to just losing my job. Will the rest of my trees be ok untill maybes next year when i will be employed again? the trees dont really look rootbound or anything, just on one of my elms, root hairs are emerging from the soil surface?....

Author:  RoyH [ 15 Feb 2010, 17:20 ]
Post subject:  Re: Re-pot delay

Hi Warren.j, lots of people are using sophisticat pink cat litter as a substitue for akadama as its a good potting medium & it costs around £8.50 for 30 lts. :hatoff:

Author:  maggior [ 15 Feb 2010, 22:19 ]
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Here in the US we have a medium called "Turface". It's also a fire clay type of material that's used on Major League Baseball infields. It can be a little tricky due to it ability to wick moisture, but I've had great success using it mixed with composted pine bark and some granite grit or coarse sand. Akadama is going for $42 per bag here and I only use it as a mix with the other stuff.

Author:  corin [ 15 Feb 2010, 22:46 ]
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$42 a bag for akadama :o :o :o

Author:  chromeheart [ 15 Feb 2010, 23:00 ]
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Maggior, we use fairly same medium.
I don't use turface, instead, I use Cat litter or
pumice. http://www.kaizenbonsai.com/shop/produc ... cts_id=846
Here's a page that sell both turface and akadama.
http://www.hollowcreekbonsai.com/productCat58663.ctlg

Author:  Jerry Norbury [ 16 Feb 2010, 08:56 ]
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corin wrote:
$42 a bag for akadama :o :o :o

I've now found a place that sells it for €9 for the double red-band brand...economy of scale I guess.

Author:  Lizzlemermaid [ 16 Feb 2010, 20:21 ]
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maggior wrote:
Here in the US we have a medium called "Turface". It's also a fire clay type of material that's used on Major League Baseball infields. It can be a little tricky due to it ability to wick moisture, but I've had great success using it mixed with composted pine bark and some granite grit or coarse sand. Akadama is going for $42 per bag here and I only use it as a mix with the other stuff.


Where do you buy it? And in what proportions do you mix it with the other components you mentioned?
You've piqued my interest! :D

Author:  Jerry Norbury [ 16 Feb 2010, 21:16 ]
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Lizzlemermaid wrote:
maggior wrote:
Here in the US we have a medium called "Turface". It's also a fire clay type of material that's used on Major League Baseball infields. It can be a little tricky due to it ability to wick moisture, but I've had great success using it mixed with composted pine bark and some granite grit or coarse sand. Akadama is going for $42 per bag here and I only use it as a mix with the other stuff.


Where do you buy it? And in what proportions do you mix it with the other components you mentioned?
You've piqued my interest! :D

From my experience on US forums turface is difficult to get. Typically they tend to sell it directly to larger sports facilities - like ML baseball and golf courses where it's used as a ground conditioner. You might want to contact a local bonsai club - they'll surely have access to it.
The alternative I've seen mentioned is OilDri - use to soak up oil spills around the garage; I believe this is easier to find. I just did a quick search and discovered that OilDri makes a cat litter... called Cat's Pride, maybe this is similar to our Sophisticat Pink.

Anyway back to the old favourite page: http://www.bonsai4me.com/Basics/Basicscatlitter.htm Search for "Napa".

Author:  don [ 16 Feb 2010, 22:44 ]
Post subject:  Re: Re-pot delay

Hi Warren. I know how you feel at the moment but why not pop along to Tesco's and get lo dust cat litter, its virtually the same stuff and works a treat and[u] its cheap[/u]

Author:  leejr [ 16 Feb 2010, 22:53 ]
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S/P for bigger particles i believe :smallthumb:

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