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By VFTNoob
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Joined:  Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:53 pm
#367844
Hey guys,

I have just about given up finding #12 sand for my potting mixes. I read in a succulent group that they use insoluble chicken grit.

Wondering if this was safe for flytraps or if anyone has had experience using chicken grit. Is granite minerally inert or would it leak minerals into the soil eventually?
By twitcher
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Joined:  Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:56 am
#367885
Just a heads up. I tried chicken grit as well for my pinguicula. Unfortunately, some chicken grits are nutritionally enhanced to promote better bird health and growth. Be sure what you are using does not have that. I did not have good results with it and it was hard to get it clean of the additives. Could not find a grit that did not have it so be sure to check the bag for what all is in there. I moved on to pool sand and aquatic potting soil (fired clay)
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By Huntsmanshorn
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Joined:  Wed Sep 03, 2014 6:32 am
#367925
twitcher wrote: Sun Oct 25, 2020 5:17 am Just a heads up. I tried chicken grit as well for my pinguicula. Unfortunately, some chicken grits are nutritionally enhanced to promote better bird health and growth. Be sure what you are using does not have that. I did not have good results with it and it was hard to get it clean of the additives. Could not find a grit that did not have it so be sure to check the bag for what all is in there. I moved on to pool sand and aquatic potting soil (fired clay)
That's very interesting I didn't know such a thing existed, sounds like a good idea... for chickens anyway. Thanks for the heads up John, good tip.
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