Perlite is a mined volcanic glass that has been treated with hot steam, resulting in small, lightweight, and airy pebbles. Jerry uses a mix of half fine-grade perlite and half seed raising mix for growing seeds such as citrus, as the perlite ensures water can penetrate through the soil but will not stay saturated.
One may also ask, is perlite good for potting mix?
Perlite is a highly useful component of gardening for many reasons: It is physically stable and retains its shape, even in heavy or saturated soil. It doesn’t decompose, so it’s ideal for use in potting mixes for plants that are repotted infrequently (such as succulents and other houseplants).
Beside above, how do you use perlite with potting soil?
Succulents and other plants sensitive to moist soil benefit from having perlite added to the potting compost. The perlite will trap air in the compost and encourage water to drain through, ensuring the plant’s roots will never sit in damp soil. Mix perlite with compost at a ratio of around 1:4.
What are the disadvantages of perlite?
- Water can drain away quickly. …
- Being so lightweight, perlite can be blown away and tends to float in excess water.
- Nonrenewable resource. …
- Dust can create respiratory problems and eye irritation.
Perlite can be very beneficial for indoor plants because it improves drainage, aeration, and water retention capability – but when used incorrectly, you run the risk of creating dust particles that will need cleaning!
Perlite is very safe to use. Little known facts. Perlite is used to replace microbeads in lotions and soaps because it’s a natural product and will not harm the environment like plastic beads. It’s also used as a mild abrasive in toothpaste and safe to ingest.
As for the perlite, a good rule of thumb is to add 4 to 8 quarts of perlite for every cubic yard of soil added. … Perlite is often used in potting soils to increase drainage and lighten the soil. It works equally well in raised beds, and never decays, making it a one-time investment.
You really need to screen out the dust, after that, washing is sort of an option…it’s beneficial but not totally necessary. … One side note to that, if you are planning on planting anything that does not tolerate flouride well, you should go ahead and wash it.