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Old 08-09-2016, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Someone posted about a product I use in my horse stall as a soil amendment.
That has made me think of other products easily available at the feed store used around horses and their possible benefit for growing bananas (besides the horse manure I already use ).
Rice hulls came to my mind. Anyone using it to amend potting soils or even for plants in the ground?
I heard it might slightly increase the PH level.
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Old 08-10-2016, 02:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Everything like that is great. My buddy uses raw wheat germ and other such things. Don't know about what kind of molds you would grow in pots though.
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I use Riceland parboiled rice hulls (PBH) as a substitute for perlite. For most potted plants, I use 1/3 PBH plus 2/3 peat moss. An advantage or PBH over perlite is that PBH supplies slowly soluble silicate. Musa are silicate accumulators, e.g., see Effects, distribution and uptake of silicon in banana ( Musa spp.) under controlled conditions | Xavier Draye - Academia.edu. Silicate may increase disease and insect resistance. A disadvantage of PBH is that it biodegrades at about the same rate as peat moss.
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I use Riceland parboiled rice hulls (PBH) as a substitute for perlite. For most potted plants, I use 1/3 PBH plus 2/3 peat moss. An advantage or PBH over perlite is that PBH supplies slowly soluble silicate. Musa are silicate accumulators, e.g., see Effects, distribution and uptake of silicon in banana ( Musa spp.) under controlled conditions | Xavier Draye - Academia.edu. Silicate may increase disease and insect resistance. A disadvantage of PBH is that it biodegrades at about the same rate as peat moss.
I totally agree. Where do you buy them? Do you get them in bulk or bag?
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I totally agree. Where do you buy them? Do you get them in bulk or bag?
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Last time I checked at the feed store where I buy my horse and chicken food, a #50 bag was $8.That is significantly less than #50 of Perlite, Vermiculite or Peat Moss.
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I totally agree. Where do you buy them? Do you get them in bulk or bag?
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I have to order online and the shipping charges kill me.

Last year, I bought here:
Rice Hulls Soil Amendment 50 lb - Seven Springs Farm Organic Farming & Gardening Supplies LLC

This year, I will try this source:
https://www.hummert.com/product-deta...led-rice-hulls
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I have to order online and the shipping charges kill me.

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Rice Hulls Soil Amendment 50 lb - Seven Springs Farm Organic Farming & Gardening Supplies LLC

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https://www.hummert.com/product-deta...led-rice-hulls
Try feed stores in your area. Here in Southern California horse owners use it as bedding alternative to pine shavings for their horses.
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The issue with buying form a feed and tack store, which I just did, is they have seeds in them. now I have sprouts of one kind or another in all my recently planted pots. so I'm looking for par boiled or weed free rice hulls. Preferably local.
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... Rice hulls came to my mind ...
In my experience: not recommended. I prefer "3/32 minus" aka "Horticultural Sand" (not rock dust). You can obtain it from A-1 Soils in San Diego county.

A1 and other bulk soil sources also sell pre-made soil mixes, including one or more made with Horticultural Sand, Triple-shredded redwood bark, and composted greenery waste. Good stuff.

Either way, these folks sell by the yard or half-yard. A (cubic) yard is 202 gallons. So if you take 20 5-gallon buckets that's a half-yard.

Back in my nursery maniac days I'd just have them dump 15 cu.yd. in my driveway.
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The issue with buying form a feed and tack store, which I just did, is they have seeds in them. now I have sprouts of one kind or another in all my recently planted pots. so I'm looking for par boiled or weed free rice hulls. Preferably local.
I like the rice hulls in the bottom of the pot for drainage. but the jury is out for me as using it in the potting soil.
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The issue with buying form a feed and tack store, which I just did, is they have seeds in them. now I have sprouts of one kind or another in all my recently planted pots. so I'm looking for par boiled or weed free rice hulls. Preferably local.
You can pasteurize it in a tamales steamer:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/IMUSA-Al...-301563011-_-N

The brand name is IMUSA (funny coincidence). You might have to cover the holes with window screening.


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https://shop.durablegrowingequipment...-Tubes_c15.htm

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I like the rice hulls in the bottom of the pot for drainage. but the jury is out for me as using it in the potting soil.
I use wire mesh, the weather grade type for attic ducts.
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I use wire mesh, the weather grade type for attic ducts.
I use medium septic fabric first then the rice hulls. septic fabric is not biodegradable, but lets roots grow thru it and rips when the plant is pulled out of the pot, wont rip when dry. and lets water out readily. cost is pennies and you can buy it at lowes and home depot.

the septic fabric I have been using for awhile. the rice hulls were recommended to me by tytalor and some of the pots I recently repotted, well I liked what I saw.

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In my experience Rice hulls will rot here.
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In my experience Rice hulls will rot here.
your probably right there. but my stuff do not sit in a pot that long.
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