Growing medium

Chad Schroter
Thu, 12 Jul 2012 09:28:49 PDT
Many growers have included materials like pumice, coarse grit, coarse sand, granite chips, perlite, kitty litter, Turface etc.  to improve drainage. Sometimes alone, but often in combination.

Since the primary factor in improving drainage is particle size, what is the rationale for using more than one of these ingredients ?

Most of the components are fairly inert;  I have read that calcined clay (kitty litter, turface, drystall) has cation exchange properties, which apparently means it can store small amounts of nutrients (if present from added fertilizer), but other than that it seems to be personal preference ?



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