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Author Topic: Horticultural pumice/lava rock or heat expanded granite - suppliers?  (Read 4129 times)

Maggi Young

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Anyone know a supplier of horticultural pumice/lava rock or heat expanded granite?
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Re: Horticultural pumice/lava rock or heat expanded granite - suppliers?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2015, 09:16:22 PM »
Cherry Blossom Bonsai stock pumice and lava grit.   I haven't ordered from them.  I think they were mentioned in one of the orchid topics and I bookmarked the site for future reference.
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Re: Horticultural pumice/lava rock or heat expanded granite - suppliers?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2015, 09:19:18 PM »
Thanks Roma - I'll pass that on.
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Re: Horticultural pumice/lava rock or heat expanded granite - suppliers?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2015, 09:53:24 PM »
Techfil, a company based in Maidstone, Kent sell horticultural pumice of various grades.
It is sold by volume and delivery is the big cost factor.

As an example 1000L (in a 1000L bag) of 3/8mm grade delivered to West Fife from Kent cost 280.
The same volume delivered in 25x40L bags is 360.

Expensive .......and a 1000L bag is a lot of pumice! But buying it as Bonsai compost in 10L bags may prove a false economy.
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Re: Horticultural pumice/lava rock or heat expanded granite - suppliers?
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2015, 10:24:50 PM »
I bought something from a nursery I recall as "sponge rock" or something like that, on the way back from the AGS Harlow show a couple of years back. A bit like pumice only much lighter. Size around 10-15mm diameter, roundish pebble shaped. Think it might be uncrushed Perlite but not sure, if that is of any use. I will check where it was from if that is any use.
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Re: Horticultural pumice/lava rock or heat expanded granite - suppliers?
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2015, 12:55:28 AM »
For a member:

Anyone know a supplier of horticultural pumice/lava rock or heat expanded granite?

I got really good pumice but I will have to wait till I get home to get the address. Really good company and such a friendly man. I will make a note of this a post details when I return home .

Angie  :)
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Re: Horticultural pumice/lava rock or heat expanded granite - suppliers?
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2015, 06:25:52 PM »
You could try Viresco in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, they have a very limited supply, I think they only get one bulk order a year, and I know they are low on stock
I recently bought 25ltr of 1mm pumice for 25, they also do a 2-3 mm grade for the same price, they will post as well
Speak to John on 01845 525585, very helpful, even sending out a free sample
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2015, 08:28:22 PM »
That's where I got mine from. He was a really nice man and the pumice was really good quality. He called me last year to see if I required anymore as he was putting a order in. I had enough but was grateful for the call .

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