Okay, I’m a little excited. My pumice arrived today!
This was quite the adventure. As you may know, Pumice is impossible to source in Canada and many of the foreign suppliers no longer ship here. Many growers, myself included, have been forced to find alternative substrates and I’ll be honest, I’m happy using chicken grit and turface! But, if you hang out on a Lithops forum long enough, you’ll soon start to desire this unicorn of substrates they call Pumice too. Is it really that amazing? Is it worth the time and expense to ship it in? Will my Lithops sigh with relief while I fill their pots with these new stones? We shall see!!!
And because I’m a girl of my word, I’ll tell you where I got it from! I ordered directly from a bonsai supply store in Texas – http://www.dallasbonsai.com. And in the interest of full disclosure, it was expensive to get it here, but at this point, it was about the principal of getting it, not really about the stones anymore – LOL!
It’s also important to note that these stones are small (they also come in medium and large) so I bought a sieve to sift out the fines. I’ll be able to use the fines for sowing seeds though so I don’t expect much waste. I couldn’t imagine discarding any of it after what I went through to get it here!