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- You can add your vermiculite directly to flowerbeds in the garden, or use it as an amendment in potting soils. Adding vermiculite to the soil mix improves moisture retention and aeration of the soil, allowing for the rapid growth of the plant’s roots.
- Vermiculite is ideal for plants that prefer lots of water, such as forget-me-nots and some irises. Perlite would dry out too rapidly for water-loving plants. However, the amount of water vermiculite holds is not ideal for plants such as cacti or rhododendrons, which need a well-drained soil.
- Vermiculite does not break down or decompose when it’s used in potting soil. That means vermiculite is a permanent way to amend and improve your soil.
- Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral compound composed of shiny flakes, resembling mica. When heated to a high temperature, flakes of vermiculite expand as much as 8-30 times their original size. Historically, much of the world’s supply of vermiculite came from a mine near Libby, Montana.
- Vermiculite is able to help plants more easily absorb nutrients, including magnesium, calcium, and potassium. It can also be combined with other non-soil materials such as perlite and pumice to create custom hydroponic growing media.
- Engr. Ayman Rateb
- Agriculture Engineer
- AWAKEN YOUR SOIL! All-purpose 100% natural organic fertilizer
- Dehydrated Chicken Manure is loaded with the finest poultry ingredients to improve your soil while nourishing your outdoor plants
- A nutrient rich fertilizer ideal for heavy feeders like corn, cole crops, tomatoes, vegetable gardens and all types of outdoor plants, trees and shrubs
- An excellent source of nitrogen and phosphorus to use with vegetable gardens, flower beds, trees, shrubs, outdoor containers, row crops/acreage
- APPLICATION METHOD broadcasting over the soil surface. these recommendation may be varied according to the soil characteristics and local conditions Note: Do not mix with oils or any product containing calcium. Keep out of children reach. Clean yourself well after using.
- Rekha Rangwani
- Gardening Expert
- Pumice contains very few trace minerals, and does not break down. Instead of adding nutrients, pumice improves soil structure.
- Loosens heavy soil. It also keeps the soil from compacting, even when laden with water, thereby improving aeration.
- Improve drainage in any kind of soil, and prevents soil from becoming waterlogged even in heavy rains or excessive irrigation.
- Retains excess moisture within its porous structure. Pumice acts like a sponge, holding water until the plants need it. Then it releases that water steadily into the soil. Its unique structure can reduce your garden’s watering needs by up to 35%.
- Adding as little as 10% pumice to any garden soil mix is enough to see the benefits.
- Pumice is slightly heavier than perlite, so it won’t float to the surface of your soil over time.
- It is just as good as perlite for water-sensitive plants like succulents and cacti. Does not retain as much water as vermiculite.
- Shahzaib Khwaja
If you have ever opened a coconut and noticed the fiber-like and stringy interior, that is the basis for coco peat. It is used in planting and comes in several forms. Coco peat for plants is also known as coir. It is widely available and a traditional liner for wire baskets.
Coco Peat v/s Typical bags of Potting soil in Garden stores
Potting soil is readily available and easy to use, but it has its drawbacks. It often doesn’t drain well and may contain peat moss, which is strip mined and causes environmental damage.
The best alternative is coco peat soil, planting in coco peat provides numerous benefits while recycling what was once a useless product. Coco peat soil is made from the pith inside a coconut husk. It is naturally anti-fungal, making it an excellent choice to start seed but it is also used in rugs, ropes, brushes, and as stuffing.
Coco peat gardening is also used as a soil amendment, potting mix, and in hydroponic production. Coco coir is so environmentally friendly that it is reusable.
You just need to rinse and strain it and it will work perfectly again. In a comparison of coco peat vs. soil, the coco peat retains much more water and releases it slowly to plant roots.
- Nancy Nassaan