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by kevinqwe » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:26 pm

do you guys know any hardware stores like homedepot that sell perlite?
im in need of it really badly. i looked online but none show their product.
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Re: perlite

by mktamin » Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:34 am

Home Depot only sells Miracle Gro perlite, which is toxic for VFTs. Your only choice seems to be to look in your local nursery. Perlite isn't necessary though, it just helps with drainage, but as long as you don't flood your pot, it should be ok
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Re: perlite

by sipecsus » Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:20 am

U could always use sand???

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Re: perlite

by kevinqwe » Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:59 am

there arent any nurseries around my area.
where could i get sand?

i just found this on the lowes website
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=p ... lpage=none
will it work?

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Re: perlite

by Matt » Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:28 am

I don't think that will work well for your VFTs. What you're going to want is the type of sand that's used for sandblasting. See Steve's post here:
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Re: perlite

by kevinqwe » Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:55 am

it can be found in hardware stores?
i really dont have any nurseries.
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Re: perlite

by Jutty_Boy » Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:58 am

mktamin wrote:
Perlite isn't necessary though,

Uhh yea. . .im just curious, did you over water your plant and you would like perlite or sand to control the water level?

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Re: perlite

by kevinqwe » Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:19 am

because im repotting and planting a flowerstalk. and planting some seeds.

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Re: perlite

by linton » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:44 am

You could try looking for a hydroponics store that sells perlite, or a swimming pool supplier for sand (sand is used in pool fliters) try to get silica sand, or washed propagating sand that is quartz based.
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Re: perlite

by bob2sea » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:47 am

I found some very cheap Perlite on Ebay, you could try there?

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Re: perlite

by J_Max » Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:13 pm

The only non-enhanced perlite I've ever found is at nurseries. You don't have a nursery, so thats not much help for you ;) But if you could call a nursery even if its far away and ask them where they buy it, it might work. They don't always buy it wholesale because most people don't buy pure perlite. Now, for a useful tidbit, whatever you do, I recommend not settling on regular sand. I had a hard time last year finding perlite and I used washed play sand. It almost killed 5 plants because of the micro sediments left in it. If sand, use silica :D


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