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Plant!t Perlite

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Plant!t Perlite 10L
£8.49
Plant!t Perlite 100L
£24.95

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Plant!t Perlite Description

Plant!t Perlite is a natural substrate that has long been used by gardeners the world over, it is derived from volcanic rock. This makes for a superb hydroponic growing medium capable of both propagation and mixing with potting soil.

How Plant!t Perlite Works

Plant!t Perlite works by keeping the potting soil loose and light. This is a substrate that allows air and water to reach the roots of crops. In turn, this greatly improves the uptake of nutrients enabling overall plant growth and health.

Plant!t Perlite Key Features

  • Plant!t Perlite is a top-quality natural grow medium derived from volcanic rock
  • Delivers excellent drainage
  • Breaks up heavy soils
  • Allows water and air to reach the plants' roots

How to Use Plant!t Perlite and What It Is Used For

Plant!t Perlite is most commonly used for soil conditioning. It is a powerful substrate for increasing aeration and drainage. It is particularly effective for hard-to-manage soils. It is also used for planting trees and shrubs as it can aerate and loosen the soil encouraging root development. Perlite is also commonly used in laying down and repairing lawns thanks to its drainage and aeration properties.

Plant!t Perlite Composition

  • 100% Perlite

Plant!t Perlite Specification

  • 10L
  • 100L
FAQs
What benefits does perlite provide for plants?
Perlite improves soil aeration, enhancing root health and preventing compaction. It boosts drainage, reducing the risk of root rot. Its porous nature helps retain some moisture while allowing excess water to drain. Perlite also keeps soil loose, promoting easier root growth. It's lightweight, making containers easier to move. These properties create an optimal growing environment for many plants.
How do I add perlite to potted plants?
To add perlite to potted plants, mix it into your potting soil before planting. Typically, use a ratio of 1 part perlite to 3 parts soil. Alternatively, you can layer perlite at the bottom of the pot for improved drainage. When repotting, gently incorporate perlite into the existing soil around the root ball. Always water thoroughly after adding perlite to help it settle.
What's the ideal perlite to soil ratio?
The ideal perlite to soil ratio depends on your plants' needs. For most houseplants, a mix of 1 part perlite to 3 parts soil works well. Succulents and cacti prefer more perlite, around 1:1 ratio. For moisture-loving plants, use less perlite, about 1 part perlite to 5 parts soil. Adjust the ratio based on your plant's drainage requirements and local climate conditions.
Is perlite harmful to plants?
Perlite is not harmful to plants when used correctly. It's an inert, sterile material that improves soil structure without altering pH. However, overuse can lead to excessive drainage, potentially causing nutrient deficiencies. Dust from dry perlite can irritate lungs, so wear a mask when handling large quantities. Always follow recommended ratios and consider your plant's specific needs when using perlite.
How long does perlite last in soil?
Perlite is a long-lasting soil amendment. Unlike organic materials, it doesn't decompose or break down over time. In most cases, perlite can last for years in potting soil, continuing to provide aeration and drainage benefits. However, it may eventually work its way to the soil surface or wash out of containers. Replenish perlite when repotting or refreshing your potting mix to maintain its benefits.
How does perlite compare to regular potting soil?
Perlite differs from regular potting soil in several ways. It's lighter, improves drainage, and doesn't decompose. Potting soil provides nutrients and water retention. Perlite is best used as an amendment to potting soil, not a replacement. The combination of perlite and soil creates an ideal growing medium, balancing water retention, aeration, and nutrient availability for healthy plant growth.
Can I sprinkle perlite on top of soil?
While you can sprinkle perlite on top of soil, it's more effective when mixed into the soil. Top-dressing with perlite may improve surface drainage and reduce soil splashing, but it won't significantly benefit the root zone. For best results, incorporate perlite throughout the potting mix. If top-dressing, gently work it into the top layer of soil to maximize its benefits.
Is it possible to use too much perlite in soil?
Yes, it's possible to use too much perlite in soil. Excessive perlite can lead to rapid drainage, causing the soil to dry out quickly and potentially leaching nutrients. This can stress plants and lead to nutrient deficiencies. Always follow recommended ratios for your specific plants. If you notice the soil drying too fast or plants showing signs of stress, reduce the amount of perlite in your mix.
Can plants grow in pure perlite?
While plants can grow in pure perlite, it's not ideal for most species. Perlite provides excellent aeration and drainage but lacks nutrients. Some plants, like orchids, can thrive in perlite-heavy mixes. For most plants, use perlite as a soil amendment rather than a standalone growing medium.
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