No Pumice for Me :(

29 Sep

What a roller coaster I’ve been on the past few days.  After ordering two 17 lbs bags of Kanuma soil (Pumice), I received notice from the store that they don’t actually have Kanuma and don’t expect to get any.  What?  Then how was I able to add the product to my cart and go through the entire checkout process?  Grrrr…so frustrating!  The store was very apologetic and is going to refund my money, but still, I’m aggravated.

So what now?  I’ve contacted the local Bonsai society to see if they can get Kanuma or know where I can buy it.  They said they just use the turface, chicken grit, and pine bark mix I was using before but directed me to two other Bonsai Clubs that *might* be able to get it and one other local grower who sells soils and has some exotic types.  I’ve sent emails to them all, but as of now, I don’t know if any have or can get Pumice.

So what is it about Pumice that makes it so hard to get here in Canada?  If it really is as great as everyone says it is, why aren’t growers bringing in trucks filled with the stuff.  Maybe the Lithops fancy isn’t as strong here but we certainly have enough Bonsai enthusiasts to make me think we could get some specialized soil mixes.  Oh, and FYI, many of the American suppliers are no longer shipping to Canada either – regardless of how much you are willing to spend.


Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Wouldn't You Like to Know


4 responses to “No Pumice for Me :(

  1. bittster

    September 30, 2014 at 1:51 am

    That stinks. I have no idea why it’s such a problem…. Maybe there’s a vacation in your future that just happens to include a stop at a guaranteed pumice carrier?

  2. bonseyes

    September 30, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Let’s hope so, bittster. I was very disappointed 😦

  3. LithopsNewbie

    October 1, 2014 at 4:40 am

    I am from BC and so happened paid a visit at the shop you ordered your Kanuma soil. Yes they don’t have any but they have Akadama soil. The guy told me Akadama is similar but more neutral compare to Kanuma. Do you think Akadama soil will work?

    • bonseyes

      October 1, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Hi LithopsNewbie. I’m sorry if you went to the store on my recommendation; I had no reason to believe they didn’t have Kanuma soil in stock. Next time I’ll wait until I have it in my hands before I post.

      I think the Akadama is a good alternative. It’s a volcanic clay which I’ve seen used before. I was offered the Akadama in exchange for the Kanuma and the only reason I didn’t take it was because of the shipping cost. Personally, if was in front of me, I’d buy it.

      Akadama was recommended as a Pumice substitute in a couple blogs and online forums. I’ve posted some links.

      Edit: Links won’t work in comments. Just google “lithops stories: Akadama & Kanuma Substrate” and “lithops forum + Akadama” and you’ll find the comments I was referring too.


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