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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.

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
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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