Akadama (赤玉土, akadamatsuchi, red ball earth) is a naturally occurring, granular clay-like mineral used as soil for bonsai trees and other container-grown plants. Akadama may also act as one component of growing medium when combined with other elements such as sand, composted bark, peat, or crushed lava.
Uses of Akadama:
•Superior media for Bonsai, Adenium and Orchids that has been tested over the centuries in Japan.
•Succulents require extremely well-draining medium to thrive. Not only is it important to not overwater, the correct growing medium can significantly reduce the risk of root rot.
•It can be used alone or mixed in as an amendment to other soil substrates such as lava rock, pumice, stone, peat moss, bark, etc.
Benefits of AKADAMA:
•Able to retain water and nutrients while still providing porosity and free drainage
•Excellent drainage properties (very good against root rot)
•Provides a good stability of your Bonsai trees, Adenium or Orchid plants
•Very good air permeability
•Nearly no tendency to soil compaction
•High ability to hold nutrients in the soil
It can be used as a top dressing or as an ingredient of soil mixture