- Wed May 20, 2015 2:31 pm
Peat is actually very hard to get wet when it's dry, for the same reason it takes a long time to dry out when it's wet. It has a waxy cuticle layer that is hard for water to penetrate. With dry peat I'm mixing up I will usually stir it in a container of water (non-draining container) to get it wet and decant the water off it afterward. This is how I wash it, that helps reduce a lot of algae and mold growth. Then throw the washed, wet peat into a free-draining plant pot. The pressure of stirring it up in water forces the water to penetrate the cuticle and soak the peat.
Be careful, if you just put dry peat in a pot, you can pour 5 gallons of water on top and let it drain through, then dig down an inch into it and find out all the peat is still bone dry beneath the surface because the water just runs past and doesn't soak in. To soak past the waxy cuticle and wet the peat it has to either sit in the water for some time, or get stirred in water vigorously to force the water in.
Once the peat is truly soaked and penetrated through to the middle, it won't liquify and float like that. When it's dry it will float on top the water and stay bone dry even submerged briefly.