Tuesday, August 27, 2013

akadama bag

There is nothing I can do about this. The irony is that I do NOT at all endorse the usage of akadama for collected conifers and I do NOT endorse the usage of akadama in general in cold climate where trees will freeze. Akadama will decompose when the pot is frozen and it will deteriorate into clay which is very bad in a bonsai pot. Very old collected conifers are often NEVER repotted or after ten, twenty years. This is professional to do, but not with akadama. it is highly dangerous to use it, it is expensive, there are many much better and cheaper solutions available everywhere. Plant this RMJ into akadama and it will die within a year. There is a reason why this kind of tree is planted into pure coarse pumice or lava.


9 comments:

Valavanis said...

Walter, I was wondering why your tree is on the bag of adadama....
Bill

Walter Pall said...

Bill,

I was wondering too, only got to know it today. Nobody asked my permission or paid for the image.

Anonymous said...

This makes no sense.... There is a picture of a collected tree from America, styled by an Austrian artist, posted on a bag of akadama from Japan. Not only did they not ask your permission for use of this image, but this tree has no akadama in it's potting medium. That's False Advertising! In a way, this is a great compliment to the tree. Aren't there images of thousands of trees from Japan they could have chosen?
-Brian

Anonymous said...

Brian makes a good point! could this be the tide turning in Japan in favour of Mr Pall's Naturalistic Style? Could Europe be teaching bonsai to the Japanese? Has the student really become the master??

Sometimes you gotta find the silver lining where you can :-)

Anonymous said...

..And Akadama sales must be down, do to loss of demand because it doesn't lend itself to modern Bonsai horticulture. Non-Akadama trees are better.

Morten Albek said...

Yes. Good to hear you say this Walther. I, and a few others have "preached" this for some years now around here. Hope some more will realise the damage Akadama can do in our Northern hemisphere.
I have found a small niche for Akadama though. It works well as a thin layer top dressing because mosses seems to like it and this seems to be a solution for Akadama left overs :-)
Best wishes
Morten Albek

Morten Albek said...

Yes !

Good to hear qualified people say what some have tried to for some time now :-)
A niche for left overs are present though - Akadama as top dressing for mosses - they seem to like it ;-)

Best wishes
Morten Albek

MrArtisticle said...

I've really enjoyed the videos and discovered this site by searching for Akadama actually. I've heard so many positive things about it and was planning on trying it out on some of my trees this spring. You mention that there are so many other cheaper and better alternatives to choose from, but didn't really go into any detail of what you recommend. Can you elaborate more on what you have found to work best or possibly direct me to where you may have discussed this topic? I am mainly interested in deciduous trees. So what would you use in your soil make up for a Trident maple or Chinese elm for example? Thank you for your time and long live the bonsai ;^D

Walter Pall said...

In have elaborated extensively on what can be used as bonsai substrate. just google 'modern substrate' or 'watering, feeding, substrate Walter Pall'