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Missed that bit of information

Posted by monet_g 6a (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 8, 10 at 10:17

I began using the Gritty Mix for a large number of clivia plants last spring. The plants love it (thanks Al), however, I quickly realized how heavy the large pots were.

Sooo... when I potted up additional plants, I replaced the grit with perlite. They're in equal parts of turface, perlite and bark. I now see that the ratio should have been altered. Am I going to run into trouble?

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RE: Missed that bit of information

Did you screen/sift/rinse the Perlite?

I find that the particle-size of the Perlite is more crucial to drainage than the moisture capacity
of the Perlite itself.


RE: Missed that bit of information

Hi Josh,
I did screen/sift the perlite. (Didn't rinse it, though.) Eeek, is that stuff nasty.
I am careful about particle size.
Sounds like I should be okay.

RE: Missed that bit of information

Ah, very good to hear!
Perlite is nasty stuff, indeed.
Lately, I've been using a pond basket to rinse my Perlite, Pumice, and Turface.

Here's a quick question: when you water, does any Perlite dust flow out with the water?


RE: Missed that bit of information

No, I haven't noticed any dust.
I'm guessing that's a quick tip :).
I like the idea of rinsing in the pond basket.

RE: Missed that bit of information

Gail..It is so awsome to see you here! I remember when you and I talked of using the mix way in the start at the clivia forums...I am proud of you...Don't you just love how nice and white the roots are?

See how big mine got just this summer..?

You couldn't ask for a better bunch of people here for help, and Josh is definatly a big help..


RE: Missed that bit of information

Hi Mike,
Thanks for the thoughts and yes, of course, I saw how well your plants did this summer. Well done.
Everybody is so great, but... Al, you are over the top.
Thanks so much.

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