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    Wash it well and it will be fine. You should rinse perlite anyway.

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    I use the perlite from lowes and my plants are perfectly fine even with 1.5 parts of pelite for every 1 part of peat. No washing

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    Perlite's pretty much perlite, so go ahead and use it. Never heard of any company adding fertiliser to perlite and if they did, they'd shout about it on the packaging.

    Perlite opens up the peat nicely, enabling more oxygen to reach the roots. It's worth using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (JustLikeAPill @ Nov. 04 2006,12:54)]Wash it well and it will be fine. You should rinse perlite anyway.
    In general, you should rinse whatever soil media that you use. I use a spaghetti collander to rinse and drain. Buckets can also be used. This removes dust and other impurites that could exist, like fertilizers and helps with unwanted mosses. You can rinse with tap water, but use store bought gallon jugs of distilled water for the plants.

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    I also use one of those spaghetti sifter things for perlite, and shake it to get rid of as much of the fine particles as I can, then pour lots of water over it. This seems to help prevent the growth of algae in my pots.

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    thats weird miracle gro perlite. Hmm
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    I've seen that, and they add miracle grow fertilizer to the perlite.

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    Right, they do add fertilizer to the Miracle-Gro brand.

    Get the Scott's Perlite



    The Scott's brand says 100% perlite on the label.

    PDF of Scott's Perlite label

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    PDF of Miracle-Gro Perlite label

    They do the same with sphagnum peat, with and without Miracle-Gro.
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