SAkadama Bonsai Soil Substrate - South African Akadama

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SAkadama Bonsai Growing Substrate

Sakadama is a product developed and manufactured in South Africa.  Developed to be a lower cost alternative to Akadama, it now has the added benefit of being more readily available.  It is mined, crushed, sieved and then heated to 1100 degrees Fahrenheit.  The high heat treatment makes it harder than Japanese Akadama which also causes it to break down much slower and improves it's cation exchange ratio.  SAkadama works great in all environments, but is especially ideal when used where akadama is known to break down very quickly (Very Hot/Humid, High Freeze/Thaw cycles, etc.).

SAkadama has a high cation exchange (CE) ratio which helps it to hold nutrients better than substrates such as pumice and lava.  While it drains very quickly, SAkadama also holds about 65% water inside the grain which is ideal when used in most mixes, especially a standard akadama, lava, pumice (ALP) mix.  It also changes color when wet like Japanese akadama so it will assist you when it comes time to water.  SAkadama has a slightly higher iron content than Japanese Akadama which will actually benefit most trees.

SAkadama Available Sizes

Small Grain - (1-3mm) - Shohin/Mame size for smaller trees
Medium Grain - (3-5mm) - Standard Size for most bonsai
Large Grain - (5-8mm) - Drainage layer, used on larger trees and some pines


More about SAkadama:

  • Higher water retention than standard Akadama (65% versus 45%)
  • Neutral pH
  • Retain nutrients for roots
  • Remains structurally stable over a longer time than Japanese akadama.
  • Fired at high temperature to avoid breakdown of substrate and compaction
  • Free draining mix, less than 5 second draining time
  • Creates a balance between water and aqueous vapor in the substrate
  • Enhances and extends fertilizer efficiency

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Alexander (Modesto, US)

The product seems more like a pumice then Akadama but it holds up really well and does not break up easy.

Earl Hedrick (Metairie, US)
South African Akadama

It isn’t Akadama. It’s wayyyy harder more like haydite. I’m using for cactus so it’s ok but it doesn’t have the scalability(ability to breakdown) that Akadama has.

Tin Lam (Lilburn, US)

Don't like this much, it won't hold much water to moisture the soil. However the 4 stars based on good service, ontime shipping and very well packing.

Daniel Ogle (Kennesaw, US)

I haven't used it yet

Rob K. (West Chester, US)
Great Product

I recently purchased a bag of medium particle size at MABS to try so I haven't had time to see if it made a difference with the growth/health of my trees. However, the product is free of dust and is very uniform in size. It does not need to be sifted but I do anyway with very little coming through the screen. The only negative is that it is light gray in color. Lastly, I am looking forward to when Superfly Bonsai gets some bags of the large particle size in.


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  • What is the volume of the package? I only see the weight on the package.

    The volume is +/- 14 liters.  Since it is filled by weight, the volume is not precise.


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Shipping Policy

Order Processing

All orders are processed within 2 to 3 business days (excluding weekends and holidays) after receiving your order confirmation email. You will receive another notification when your order has shipped.

Plants + Trees Shipping: Shipping may be delayed to prevent the tree from sitting in a warehouse over a weekend or holiday. Most trees ship Monday-Wednesday. We do not ship trees to PO, FPO, or APO boxes. We also do not ship trees out of the continental US or to California.

Domestic Shipping Rates and Estimates

For calculated shipping rates: All orders (under $99 USD or Wholesale) will be presented with shipping options that are calculated based on the item weight, box size, and distance from our shipping location.  We currently only use Fedex.
Free Shipping: All RETAIL orders over $99.00 USD ship free within the continental USA. Free shipping will be the lowest cost option from FedEx.

In-Store Pickup

You can skip the shipping fees with free local pickup at our warehouse. We are located at:
1670 S. Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104

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Our in-store pickup hours are 10AM-4PM Monday-Friday. Please have your order confirmation email with you when you come.

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Large Orders

If you are a placing a larger order (over 30 bags of soil or many pots), it may be cheaper to ship via freight truck. If you are interested in pricing for this, please contact us here.

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