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    It's been one of dem days BigCarnivourKid's Avatar
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    Here's the MSDS sheet for vermiculite: MSDS

    And at the bottom of this page is a bit on the use of vermiculite and it's uses in horticulture. Keep in mind that they are assuming we are growing flowers for the garden and not CPs: HORTICULTURAL USES OF PERLITE AND VERMICULITE Note that it states the vermiculite won't break down.
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    Thanks BCK

    Augh!!! Not an MSDS! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

    I thought this an interesting bit of trivia:
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]vermiculite is derived from the Latin 'vermiculare', meaning to breed worms
    pH from 6 to 9.5, and varies with time

    Yeah, it obviously has limited appeal for CPs. I couldn't find the part that says that it won't break down, but there seem to be first-hand accounts here of it doing so. Does anybody actually use it, here?
    There's no 'a' in perlite.

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    I use it sometimes in my Nepenthes mix. They grow great, but I haven't used it long enough to judge whether it breaks down or not over time.

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    D. muscipula, I found that in the second link whare you have to go to the bottom of the page to find the vermiculite info.
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Like perlite, horticultural vermiculite is permanent, clean, odorless, non-toxic and sterile. It will not deteriorate, turn moldy or rot. The pH of vermiculite is essentially neutral (7.0-9.5)
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    DM, its right at the start of the part where it talks about horticultural vermiculite...
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]Like perlite, horticultural vermiculite is permanent, clean, odorless, non-toxic and sterile. It will not deteriorate, turn moldy or rot.
    Near the bottom of the page, but the top of that section.

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    lmao BCK.. ya beat me to it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    I use vermiculite and lfs in a 1.1 ratio for my propagating trays and it works wonders (especially nepenthes). However, you must keep the water level down because wet vermiculite is also great medium for algae. With Vermiculite, you only have to submerge the very base of the pot to keep the entire medium moist.

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