peat and particle size

StudentOfSoilAugust 19, 2012

If one of the keys of drainage and air capacity in a container mix is uniform particle size then what components would be most similar to peat?

If one is to use a peat based mix then what can one do to maximize the drainage and air capacity?

The two components that came to my mind were perlite and sand (using both as close in size to peat as possible).

I understand that peat has a rather small particle size but if one is going to use it then how can one make the mix as friendly to plants as possible?

Thanks for your time

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

For drainage and aeration, you want the particles to be uniformly near to 1/8 of an inch.

Sand should be avoided in a container mix - it is too small, and it compacts/clogs a mix.

I think of peat as an amendment, rather than a primary or base ingredient.


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