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nathanbs

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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #30 on: April 27, 2012, 12:27 AM »
Thanks for your input Alain.

Here's Brent's (from evergreengardenworks.com) comment on the topic:

"Personally, I don't think soil makes any difference at all as long as the structure is right (size and shape, porosity) and you water and fertilize properly."

- bob



Im more confused than when the thread started however i think this quote is the bottom line.
 

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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #31 on: April 27, 2012, 07:50 AM »
Jtucker, try a mix of Akadama and scoria, or for your top layer, make a mix that includes Hyuga in lieu of the white pumice we tend to get in the us.
 

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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #32 on: May 14, 2012, 07:46 PM »

  Brown or tan-ish seems to be a good compromise, no?

Absolutely,   Dark says rich soil to me, light or white says salt flat,   I am all for rich

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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #33 on: July 02, 2016, 09:40 PM »
To bring this thread back on topic, Boon's recipe which is 1 part akadama, 1 part pumice, 1 part lava, a splash of crushed granite and horticultural charcoal. The crushed granite and horticultural charcoal are what makes it Boon's Mix, not just your standard three ingredients.
 
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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #34 on: July 10, 2016, 08:02 AM »
  Take the cacadama out put in DE and you got Frary mix. Something that won't ever turn to mush in the pot.
 

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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #35 on: July 15, 2016, 04:01 AM »
If you don't like the white of pumice, and don't want to try a tan pumice like Hyuga, then top dress with your soil mix without pumice.
Or dress with milled sphagnum colored with brown cement dye. Works better for me than india ink.
 

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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #36 on: July 15, 2016, 04:07 AM »
Like most folks i have tried various combinations in mixes and have my own anecdotes. 

This potting season i will be moving to a "Boon like"  mix of turface, pumice and lava for trees to display and just pumice for all the stuff in training.

I can't get akadama and had to import my own turface.  pumice and lava however (we call it scoria here too)  are very and readily available.

I like the lava because it adds weight to the pot more so than pumice or turface. 

I also like the colour to be more earth like than just pumice. 

Anyone else think soil colour is important in this art?  I've never heard it mentioned.
Sure...color is important, but the big problem with cinder (lava) is that black is a heat sink and roots get cooked much faster under any part of the lava that isn't covered with something to insulate. I lost some good trees on hot days even though the temps are never over 80F.
 

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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #37 on: August 07, 2016, 09:18 AM »
Use red or brown lava.
 

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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #38 on: August 13, 2016, 01:04 AM »
No brown here and red is inferior.
 

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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2016, 06:51 AM »
  Then it looks like you're screwed.
 

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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #40 on: August 21, 2016, 02:00 AM »
Getting used to it...
 
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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #41 on: August 21, 2016, 08:55 AM »
No brown here and red is inferior.
   I've never had the brown lava only  red. What is inferior about the red. It seems to work fine.
 

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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #42 on: August 21, 2016, 03:24 PM »
Yeah, red is the only color I've used. Maybe he doesn't like the color?  Can't think of any other reason it would be inferior...
 
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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #43 on: August 22, 2016, 09:20 AM »
I've had red and black.  Neither seemed to differ from the other.  Theoretically, the red might have more iron (but its likely not available to the plants) and the black might be a little hotter.  Practically, I've never noted any difference.
 
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Re: Boon Mix?
« Reply #44 on: August 31, 2016, 05:27 PM »
Depends on the source. What we get here from this volcano is less absorbent and breaks down faster.