Perlite substitute

Matt Mattus
Tue, 04 Jul 2006 20:33:47 PDT
This year, I have been testing a product made by Espoma (the people who make
Holly Tone Fertilizer, in the U.S.) called Soil Perfector. I've been very
pleased with the results so far, the only draw back is it's cost, and
perhaps weight, which is just slightly less than real gravel chips but more
than Turface. Unlike Turface, the product cannot be crushed but it is porous
and not sharp like lava rock. It is very natural looking, with a pleasing
blue stone slate color.

I have been mixing the product with the inferior Perlite which I have been
buying, but even a little added to my traditional mixes has impressed me
with the's fast draining effect, and aesthetically, it looks exactly like
dark gray granite bluestone gravel, when in fact it is a fired ceramic.

The website can tell you more about it, here is a brief
description from the site:
One application of Espoma Soil Perfector permanently improves the structure
of any soil. Soil Perfector is made from a naturally derived, ceramic
mineral that is kiln-fired at temperatures in excess of 2000ยบ F. This
process creates a durable, lightweight granule containing thousands of tiny
storage spaces that hold the perfect balance of water, air and nutrients for
an improved soil structure.

I get mine by the bag at a local Agway store near Boston, at about ten
dollars a 27 lb bag. A little pricey, but a hundred dollars worth allowed me
to create enough fast-draining soil that is attractive . I've been using it
in Cyclamen, Narcissus, Frits, even Clivia and Alpine seedlings this year.
Time will tell, but this is the first time that I have not ordered pumice at
$30. A ten lb. bag!

Matt Mattus
Worcester, MA
Zone 5b

On 7/4/06 9:58 PM, "" <> wrote:

> You might consider looking at a product called Turface.  Here is a URL:

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