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    Cherrystone Chicken Grit?

    I took a drive out to a farm supply store a long ways off today to see if they had anything that looked promising as mineral potting media for succulents and I found a bag of stuff called Cherrystone Grit in the chicken feed department that is made from "sharp insoluble crushed quartzite gravel". It's about 3/16" in size called Size 2 on their website .

    Here's the website:
    http://www.cherrystonegrit.com/index.html

    I was wondering if any of you have used this for plants of any kind? The back of the bag says "Also great for also aerating potting mix" and the website says it's even aquarium safe.

    A 50 # sack was only $9 so I had to try it, it doesn't get much better than $0.18 a lb!

    From their site FAQ just cos it's funny:
    "Turkeys raised in the Midwest and Canada have been eating New Ulm Quartzite Cherry Stone Grit since the 1950’s. It’s likely that the bird you were served at Thanksgiving was raised on Cherry Stone Grit!"

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    I`m glad my turkeys are getting a proper diet, lol
    Grow list...
    http://terraforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114907

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    I don't know amigo. The fact that it's advertised as "sharp" makes it sound not so desirable for repotting plants with delicate roots.

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    i thought that you almost needed it to be sharp, becuase it kept the media from packing down and smothering the roots...

    but I'm not sure...

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    It's not any "sharper" than the fired clay grit (Shultz aquatic plant soil) that I use already. It doesn't cut your hand when you squeeze it. I assume it just means it's sharp enough to help digestion, not rounded like pea gravel, as birds are eating the stuff it's not razor sharp.

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    Actually very coarse sharp sand might be desirable in some cases. The mix in my Pinguicula agnata x gypsicola (bought potted) contains sharp sand similar to what Barry Rice talks about and shows in his photo:

    http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq3280.html
    http://www.sarracenia.com/photos/pinguicula/pcors02.jpg

    My dad used to raise pigeons and he would buy grit for their crops. It was coarse and reddish - redder than aquatic plant soil - it had a flinty smell sort of like the smell from lighting a match. The pigeons would go nuts when you sprinkled this stuff out. I have know idea what it was made from. Could have been crushed brick for all I knew.
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    I can't say about that particular stone, as granite is all I can get here, but I use grit in my bonsai soil mix. It's served me well for that purpose for 13 yrs. It works great for gizzard roughage in my fowl too... imagine that. LOL

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    The sharpness of that grit wouldn't be an issue with roots I think...

    It probably would make a good aeration additive in potting soils though, 'cept for the weight.

    Make a nice top-dressing for cacti and succulents I imagine......maybe even for some CP's.
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