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    No it`s not a problem(lots of people grew the plants before washing was instituted). But it would be better if you washed it
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    what about "Scotts Perlite"?
    They sell it at homedepot in the plant section.

    so therefore isnt it horticultural perlite?
    I want to know before I setup my terrarium with the perlite in it. cause that will be a b**** to take apart and fix.

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    The Scotts should be fine. Just double check the package and make sure there are no other additives in it. Some companies like to toss in slow release fertilizer and what not..

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    It's a good idea to check your peat carefully. Even the stuff that is supposed to be 100% Canadian Sphagnum peat can have contaminants in it. Especially if it is bagged at a plant that also bags the stuff with fertilizer in it.
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    I have to be one lucky son of a gun then. For 42 years I have placed plants in straight peat, and they grew like crazy. I do not do anything special, just add water. Joe Mazrimas, who started the ICPS along with Don Schnell, has always told me that I have the finest plants he has ever seen. I HAVE to be one lucky fellow! Washing the peat is , no doubt, a good idea, just from the safety aspect. But, sometimes, you can be fortunate, like me, and not have anything too drastic happen to your plants. One gentleman I know, bought some peat from Lowes, and planted merrily away. Used the bulk of the peat for seed. I have to say, whatever was in this particular brand of peat, I don't know. It was the calcium stuff mentioned earlier, and it grew and spread all over his pots and plants. This garbage grew completely over his seedlings, destroying many little sarracenia and drosera lives. I surely won't use the brand he got. I will stick with the stuff I have been using forever. I have never had problems with that. Maybe brand has something to do with it as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Bugweed @ Oct. 20 2004,12:26)]I surely won't use the brand he got. I will stick with the stuff I have been using forever. I have never had problems with that. Maybe brand has something to do with it as well.
    Well what brand was he using, and what brand do you use Bugweed. And to some extent I thing growing plants is like playing the guitar. Great tone comes from the player's hands and the gear just accentuates it. Likewise beautiful plants comes from the growers thumbs. the tecnique, and media just accentuates it. But there's alwas something to be said for quality media......and gear.
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    i buy those gargantuan bales of canadian peat they sell at wall-mart..

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    A yes, I buy those too, JustLikeAPill. Did you ever have any troubles with it? Zongyi
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