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2062 Perlite - soilless growing media, 3 gal bagA must for soilles potting mix, provides drainage and holds moisture. Perlite is a natural mineral; an amorphous volcanic glass with a high water content. Very light-weight and highly absorbent, it possesses an unusual ability to greatly retain water. It is used as a great soil conditioner, but not as a soil replacement. Plants need nutrients which occur in the organic content of soil. However, perlite is the best ingredient to improve soil drainage. We normally add 10-15% perlite to our soilless mix. Some special drainage-loving plants (like Miracle Fruit) will require a higher content of perlite, up to 40-50%.
See Info sheet about growing media (2 pages).
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