Japanese pumice, or Hyuga as it is known in Japan is a naturally occurring volcanic product from the south part of Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan.
Hyuga vs Pumice
These two products are very similar in characteristics however due to the manner in which this Hyuga is formed in nature it is slightly softer and more porous than conventional pumice. In fact Hyuga is so porous it will sink, which reduces erosion when watering.
Due to the porosity of Hyuga aggregates in your growing mixes it enhances:
It is suitable for a wide range of plant species as it has an essentially neutral pH of 6.
How to use?
Japanese pumice is recommended for Rhododendron (including Azalea), general pot plants, orchids and it of course forms a crucial part of many bonsai growing mixes.
If I had only one soil component to use for bonsai it would be 100% pumice. If you have akadama, add some. - Michael Hagedorn
As Hyuga will not under normal circumstances break down it can be sifted and re-used however if you intend doing so a disinfecting treatment usingSporekillis strongly recommended to reduce the risk of spreading fungal or bacterial issues.
Hyuga can be combined with other elements such asakadama orpeat (no more than 20% of the total mix). Due to the good drainage qualities of hyuga it is very often used to assist a sick tree to regain vigor and health. In such a case 100% Japanese pumice may be used.
For typical growing conditions, a ratio of 1(akadama) : 1(pumice) can be used. For plants which prefer more moisture you can double the quantity of akadama.
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Awesome medium to use, very good drainage and airation, my trees are really loving this product in combination with Akadama. Would never use any other medium! Would recommend this to anyone that wants to up their bonsai game!
The use of Fine Pumice together with Fine Akadama has improved the root growth and health of my Haworthia significantly. The plants using this substrate look generally stronger than those using more conventional mixes. I have also had success with rooting and establishing other plants in pumice, and found it an excellent substrate for my more demanding Hoya species. I would recommend this product for anyone who wants to improve the health of their plants, and who wants to achieve rapid root growth for their cuttings.