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By Ewreck
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I was at the store earlier looking at peat moss and I came across a bag of black gold peat. The only ingredients were peat and wetting agent. Is wetting agent bad for CPs? I mean I know what it does but I’m not sure what it is exactly.
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By ChefDean
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Depends on what the setting agent is. Mineral wetting agents are usually clay, brick dust, or zeolite which can all be harmful. Synthetic wetting agents are usually a type of soap, ionic compound, or even ions themselves. Ions are metals, and most metals are salts. Ionic compounds contain salts, think NaCl, sodium chloride, table salt. Not good. A natural agent is best because that's usually coco coir or an extract from yucca.
Best to find out what the wetting agent is before you buy.
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By MikeB
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I burned through a 3.8-cubic-foot bag of Black Gold peat moss last year. It doesn't have a wetting agent.
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Black Gold peat moss plus has an organic wetting agent. Aloe vera comes to mind, but I'm not 100% sure.
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Two years ago, I bought 4 bags of peat moss plus and used it with my plants. They had no complaints about it.
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