You can try this link to my a page on my site about soils. I don't state specifically the pros and cons, but I cover both sides for most of them.
What you want to do is illeagle here in Canada.
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This is a difficult one to repond to. *Here's an attempt:
pro - great stuff for Sarrs and Neps
con - buying it encourages the destruction of sphagnum bogs
pro - good for plants wanting to grow in muck, but I don't have any
con - same as LFS, plus the fact it's a bad choice for most things it's sold for
pro - I don't use it, but it's great on a beach or in a sandbox. *If silica/flint/blasting sand, it's a good base for an artificial bog
con - awful in a swim suit
pro - good for drainage and aeration and is very light weight stuff
con - none, if you want drainage and aeration and light weight
pro - good for drainage and water retention
con - it can retain a deceptive amount of water
Different people use that word for different things. *I consider it to be a lightweight, coarser version of perlite (sponge rock).
pro - like perlite, but even better. *My Sarrs and Neps live in a mix of LFS & sponge rock
cons - like perlite
pros - sort of like pumice, but a little denser and won't float out of pots so easily
cons - decomposes. *Coconut husk chips (CHC) last much longer and retain more water. *A blend of CHC and sponge rock was the home of a very happy N. x Ventrata before I traded it a year ago.
Bruce in CT
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