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I am only using peat moss for soil. Only doing that b/c I have to keep the plants indoors and didnít want them to be overwatered! I have killed tons of my plants that way over the years! Do you think itís safe to do this? Thanks in advance!
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I would think peat moss would be the opposite of well draining, that would be vermiculite......
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You know I would have never thought of that! Sure I just bought a ton of peat moss! Well, hey Iíll give vermiculite a try! Thanks so much!
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You know I would have never thought of that! Sure I just bought a ton of peat moss! Well, hey Iíll give vermiculite a try! Thanks so much!

I don't think you will like the vermiculite. It hold more water than the perlite and break down over time. Vermiculite is more like a sponge.


Why not use a low cost potting soil mixed 50%/50% with perlite?? This will give a well draining potting mix with some body to hold a little water while being airy. .... These low cost mixes are usually 25-30% pete; a fine ground bark; and some perlite.



I'm able to buy a nursery mix with a large percentage of course pine bark which works very well for bananas. One cu yd of the bark mix (about 30 bags of potting mix +/-) was only $35.
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Your keeping them inside for winter?
A 50/50 mix would work well.

I use straight peat for getting new suckers started. It actually stops the growth of mold & what not very well.
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I don't think you will like the vermiculite. It hold more water than the perlite and break down over time. Vermiculite is more like a sponge.


Why not use a low cost potting soil mixed 50%/50% with perlite?? This will give a well draining potting mix with some body to hold a little water while being airy. .... These low cost mixes are usually 25-30% pete; a fine ground bark; and some perlite.



I'm able to buy a nursery mix with a large percentage of course pine bark which works very well for bananas. One cu yd of the bark mix (about 30 bags of potting mix +/-) was only $35.
Iím glad to know about vermiculite! Yeah youíre right I wouldnít want it to hold a lot of water! It does sound really interesting about the perlite mix! Thatís a lot of soil for $35! Wow! By any chance do you happen to know the name of it? Where to find it? If not I understand! Thanks so much for you reply!
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I use straight peat for getting new suckers started. It actually stops the growth of mold & what not very well.
Yeah I have to keep my plants indoors over winter b/c I live in Northeastern Ohio! It gets too cold to leave them outdoors all year! Really? I am glad to know that it won’t hurt to use peat moss! At least for this season anyway! Relief! Glad to know that stops the mold & such from growing! It may just work out great for me! Fingers crossed!
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Iím glad to know about vermiculite! Yeah youíre right I wouldnít want it to hold a lot of water! It does sound really interesting about the perlite mix! Thatís a lot of soil for $35! Wow! By any chance do you happen to know the name of it? Where to find it? If not I understand! Thanks so much for you reply!


I live near the plant that makes the nursery soil-less mixes (2 miles). The product is delivered by the truck load to nurseries. They do sell to local walk in customers small quantities (loader scoop) but you need a truck, trailer or container. They do have 2 outlets in Florida. Check their website to see if the outlets have the mixes in stock and are close to you. Graco Fertilizer Company | Graco Fertilizer Company
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I don't think you will like the vermiculite. It hold more water than the perlite and break down over time. Vermiculite is more like a sponge.


Why not use a low cost potting soil mixed 50%/50% with perlite?? This will give a well draining potting mix with some body to hold a little water while being airy. .... These low cost mixes are usually 25-30% pete; a fine ground bark; and some perlite.



I'm able to buy a nursery mix with a large percentage of course pine bark which works very well for bananas. One cu yd of the bark mix (about 30 bags of potting mix +/-) was only $35.

ALways getting pertile and vermiculite mixed up. Went to the store and said, "Where is your vermiculite? No, i ment Perlite." Lol
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ALways getting pertile and vermiculite mixed up. Went to the store and said, "Where is your vermiculite? No, i ment Perlite." Lol
Very funny! Donít feel so bad. I think I didnít even know what vermiculite was until I looked it up! Boy am I embarrassed!
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I live near the plant that makes the nursery soil-less mixes (2 miles). The product is delivered by the truck load to nurseries. They do sell to local walk in customers small quantities (loader scoop) but you need a truck, trailer or container. They do have 2 outlets in Florida. Check their website to see if the outlets have the mixes in stock and are close to you. Graco Fertilizer Company | Graco Fertilizer Company
Thanks so much! You know what I was just about ready to tell you how funny that I had heard of this company before! I typed it and everything. Just as I was going to send it I realized that no I havenít heard of them! Iím thinking of Graco baby car seat company! I figured someone might get a laugh about that! Anyway, I looked up the company as soon as I saw your reply. I was excited to look and see where they sell this. I found out though that they are only in a couple of southern states. Wouldnít you know it Iím in Northeastern Ohio! I wonder if my relatives who live in Florida would get it for me! I would then have a real good reason to visit wouldnít I! Thank you again!
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But someone in Ohio makes spoiless soiless mixes for nurseries there. Stop by a local nursery and ask where they get their soles soiless mix. You also might ask local a local landscaper where he gets his pine bark mulch.
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But someone in Ohio makes spoiless mixes for nurseries there. Stop by a local nursery and ask where they get their soles mix. You also might ask local a local landscaper where he gets his pine bark mulch.
Youíre probably right! I will go and check it out! Thanks for mentioning that!
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