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MatsuBonsai

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Akadama
« on: November 21, 2010, 10:34 AM »
Is anyone familiar with this brand of Akadama?  I usually use the Double Line brand, but this came in instead.  I've used some cheaper stuff in the past that breaks down too quickly.  I'm hoping this is at least on part with Double Line.
 

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Re: Akadama
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 12:21 PM »
Hmmm.... Never see that stuff before.  I would think and may be wrong, but the main thing with Akadama is the hardness.  Should not be too soft or too hard.  However the problems I have usually seen is that Akadama is too soft.  I like clay king and red line the best, I have also tried power up but it was a bit too soft for me.  Please let us know how you like this brand, do you know what it's called?
 

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Re: Akadama
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 03:07 PM »
The big label on top, the rest of the package is left as an exercise for the reader ;)

Choukoushitsu - extra hardness
Shouwa akadama - "Showa" akadama
Fuuryuujintachihe - For "refined" persons
 

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Re: Akadama
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2010, 03:18 PM »
Excellent, thanks meushi.  I'm hoping "extra hardness" proves to be accurate.

I was hoping someone here already had personal experience with this particular brand.
 

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Re: Akadama
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010, 10:27 PM »
You crack open the piggy bank and get a container?
 

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Re: Akadama
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2010, 08:45 AM »
No, not yet.  Ryan Neil trucked these in when he delivered his workshop trees for Bonsai in the Bluegrass.
 

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Re: Akadama
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2010, 07:12 AM »
the word here in japan is that there is a shortage of high quality akadama (including double line).  So stock up.  I read an japanese article a few years back that there was about a 20-30 year reserve for quality akadama but maybe that has been amended to a shorter time frame.  We may have to adjust our soil ingredients if that is true but my source (japanese bonsai 'secret agent') is very reliable.
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Re: Akadama
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2010, 02:17 PM »
I wouldn't be surprised as the akadama layer is limited to one area and isn't of infinite depth. Japan has already exhausted a few of its other mineral resources in the past.
 

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Re: Akadama
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2010, 05:28 AM »
I spoke a little more with my friend and he said that there is still a lot BUT the quality is not as good as it used to be. 
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