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    Can't get proper sand right now

    Hi:

    I have plants soon to arrive. I can't get my son to ask him to pick up a bag of "swimming pool filter sand" that was recommended a couple of years ago.

    I can't remember: Is there any reason I couldn't use some of my granite grit (fine--used for mulching container gardens) to add a bit of weight to the pots of cps?

    I don't want to do something that might kill them right away. My only other option is to use just sphagnum peat and perlite.

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    Peat and perlite is OK if you can't get sand. I use play sand , but whatever you use I'd wash it. I used to not wash sand until I tried it, holy crap it's amazing how much dust and crap granite pebbles are in it.

    As long as it's silica or quartz you're OK. I believe pool filter sand is silica sand.

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    Horticultural sand is fine too, it should be neutral. Get it the same place as your granite grit. Granite grit is the perfect substrate for Drosophyllum if you get any seeds.

    Otherwise perlite is fine. Rinse it good first.
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    Personally, I think perlite is better for CP's
    because
    1. it is very light, so your pots can be carried
    2. it is sterile
    3. it is (usually) cleaner than sand, which could have other gross stuff in it
    4. it doesn't float to the top if drainage is provided

    (Now, before other growers start attacking my perlite opinion, I understand other people have other preferences)
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    I find sand a must in soil mixes for sarrs.
    I got tired of always righting pots that blew over in storms that had a soil mix of equal parts of peat moss, perlite, and LFS. With some sand in the bottom of the pots I no longer have that problem.


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    Another thumbs up for perlite!

    I've been using a coir/perlite mix lately and have decided that I like coir better than peat.
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    horticultural sand.. there's a brand called 'black gold' that is great! you can pick it up cheap at jerry's, home depot, or any hardware store in the garden section.
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    If it's like Black Beauty, also found at places like that, then it's coal slag.

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