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perlite too chunky?

Posted by njitgrad 6A/6B New Jersey (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 21, 14 at 10:33

I was getting the ingredients for my 5-1-1 mix ready yesterday when I noticed something after dumping the bag of perlite into a clean trash can (for ease of access when I need to make a batch).

I noticed that the perlite was not comprised of fine particles throughout. There were quite a bit of chunky pieces. Do I need to crumble these up?

Also, I was careful not to breathe in the dust when dumping it into the can. It there anyway to reduce the amount of dust?

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RE: perlite too chunky?

  • Posted by nil13 z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Wa (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 21, 14 at 11:25

I typically poke holes in the bottome of the bag and tear a hole inthe top of the bag. Then I stick a hose in the top and fill the bag with water and let it drain. That will pretty thoroughly wet the perlite and eliminate the dust.

There should be big chunky bits. Bigger is generally better. Unless you got the crazy big perlite that I have only seen at hydroponic shops, it's just fine.

RE: perlite too chunky?

Maybe I should drill 1/4" holes in the bottom of the can, fill it with water and allow it to slowly drain? And then repeat as necessary.

It would have to be hosed down rather than just having water dumped in from a large bucket though because it will just float right? Unfortunately I haven't taken my hoses out of storage yet.

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