Kiyel Boland kyle.b1@xtra.co.nz
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:30:09 PDT
I live in Hawkes Bay NZ, and the land we live on has about 50cm soil then straight into a pan of Pumice about 2 mts thick .It ranged from football size to dust. But not that great to use in potting mixes. But on the big chunks i grow Pinguicula. 
Kiyel Boland

On 3/07/2013, at 10:23 AM, steven hart <hartsentwine.australia@gmail.com> wrote:

> I've holidayed in New Zealand a number of times & I was fascinated by the
> amount of pumice from all the volcanic activity, I visited Lake Taupo in
> the North Island last time, it has giant beds of pumice in some places & I
> was amazed by the plant growth in pure pumice where you could see it was
> meters deep on eroded creek edges, with chunks up to the size of soccer
> balls all through it, I found some daffodils growing in it & they were huge
> & healthy, although in some places they were showing signs of being
> nutrient poor. It was really quite fascinating to see such large deposits.
> I only see small deposits along some beaches here although there is a fair
> bit at the very tip of the Great Sandy Cape of Frazer Island National Park
> where it collects along with unusual seeds that have floated across the
> Pacific Ocean from places like New Guinea & Indonesia, occasionally
> something unusual has sprouted, but here the nutrient level is low & salt
> spray is endless so few survive or are straggly & stunted.
> On 3 July 2013 07:20, Ina Crossley <klazina1@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thanks Nhu.  I do live near a pumice mine, or rather the suppliers who
>> have no lack ofsources.  :o)
>> Ina
>> On 3/07/2013 4:36 a.m., Nhu Nguyen wrote:
>>> "Dry Stall" is probably the best way to get pumice if you don't live
>> near a
>>> pumice mine.
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