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    SoilMoist additive & CPs?

    The people at Lowes said it was similar to Perlite, but I can't find any useful info on it.

    Anyone know anything about it?

    It's supposed to hold moisture for the plants, and looks like it contains 99.7% Polya\crylamide and .3% "inert ingredients".

    Thoughts?

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    its no where close to being similar to perlite.....DO NOT USE IT!..........if yah cant find perlite try Schultz Aquatic Plant Soil......its heavier than perlite but it does the same thing.....
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    I don't even know what it is. I would not risk it though. Just go find perlite.

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    its a moisture retention additive yah add to potting soil....it does not act like perlite, it doesnt really open up the soil, just allows it to hold moisture longer.....the problem with it is after about a year or two the stuff starts to break down at which point its toxic to plants and animals i believe......doesnt seem to be a big deal in a big flower bed or in pots your growing annuals or veggies in and are tossing out in the fall....but for growing perenial plants and keeping them in the same soil for a year or two it can be bad news.......
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    Right then, glad I haven't opened it!

    Stuff was like $12 for a 1lbs bag too!

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    I've had to mail order all my media components for my CP's. The lowes, walmarts, and home depots nearby only carry the Miracle-Gro crap. Miracle grow perlite. Miracle grow this, miracle grow that. And that's it. It's quite frustrating. They have quite the monopoly in these parts. I went to a local mom and pop nursery, and same thing there! Anyway, I know that soil with additive you are talking about, they carry that also. But no vanilla perlite (or orchid bark for that matter, the kind they sell around here even has that a moisture retaining additive also!).


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    I would think that rinsing the media well of additives ought be enough to rid them of the fertilizers.

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    I know what you have. I bought a sample bag because it seemed to perfect for cps. I called the company to try and figure out if it was ok to use and of course they said it would be great for cp's, but like somebody says once it starts breaking down it releases toxic chemicals in the soil.

    They should put that on the label.

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