Introducing Monto Clay
Originally posted 5-30-2016
Introducing a new item to the Bonsai Jack product line.
Monto Clay is a hard 1/4 inch high fired Montmorillonite clay product for specialty soil blends including bonsai, hydroponics, cactus and succulents. Profile Products, the makers of Turface, were kind enough to create this product for us. It is exclusive to the Bonsai Jack brand.
Although this is technically 1/4 inch Turface we are not permitted to sell it as Turface. This is because it conflicts with the Turface brand name. This new product will be branded as “Monto Clay”. Short for Montmorillonite Clay. Monto Clay comes from the same company, mine and processing system as Turface. It's the exact same product, only larger.
Turface MVP has a pH of 4.4. Quarter inch Turface (Monto Clay) inch has a pH of 5.6. This makes it a great acidifier. Monto Clay is less acidic because of the reduced surface area by volume.
Montmorillonite clay is calcined(fired) to create Arcillite and offered as many product brand names including Turface, Oil-Dri, kitty litter and floor dry.
These products are proven soil ingredients for hundreds of recipes. The pH can range from 4.0 to 6.0 making it a great acidifier.
The biggest complaint of the legacy products has been the particle size that ranges from dust to 1/8th inch. This small particle size created two problems.
- Increased surface area which increases acidity.
- Drainage issues. Smaller particle size can settle to
the bottom of the pot and clog drainage channels when watering. This can
lead to wet and dry spots within the mix.
Monto Clay overcomes these issues with a large and extremely consistent particle size. The larger particle sizes reduces surface area, prevents
settling and increases drainage.
The particle size of Monto Clay will match other products we offer as they pass through the same rigid screening process. Most sellers will purchase bulk
material and simply repackage it for sale. We continue to screen, crush, rescreen, wash, dry, inspect and package all of the products we offer.
Monto Clay is a brand name. Montmorillonite clay(Arcillite) is available from two mines in the USA and sold under hundreds of brand names. It is known for
its advanced CEC(cation exchange capacity) and acidic properties.