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Thread: styrofoam instead of perlite??

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    lol good luck. thankfully i found perlite and it ended up being right down the street.

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    If, Like other "plastics",
    exposure to the sun will degrade the styrofoam more
    and faster.
    I would assume that during breakdown, chemical compounds will be
    changing and that some noxious chemicals "may" be present.
    If they are bad enough to harm a plant, or generations of plants,
    is the question.

    Like others, I have either used or had bought something that did have
    styrofoam in the planting mixture. In my own experience, I did not
    notice any bad effects, however I find the product too light to work with
    as it wants to come out of mixture, floating horribly when watering a loose
    mixture. And again, it is on the surface where the sunlight hits the mixture,
    potentially encouraging the styrofoam to breakdown.

    I do avoid using it, as I said I don't like the way it functions...
    HOWEVER I do sometimes place pieces of styrofoam in the bottom of a
    pot, when I don't have anything else on hand to use or waste in the bottom
    of a pot. (I don't like to waste too much Chilean Sphagnum moss just to line
    the bottom of a pot!)
    So far, no bad side effects, and it is a way to use something that would otherwise
    go to land-fill.
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    I actually went to the guys house and picked up a bag. It's a great deal for only around $30 including shipping. No nutients and the perlite particle size is rather large compared to the little store bought bags. You'll be happy you got it.

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    You do know perlite is a rock right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy View Post
    You do know perlite is a rock right?
    Yes, what about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by droseraguy View Post
    I actually went to the guys house and picked up a bag. It's a great deal for only around $30 including shipping. No nutients and the perlite particle size is rather large compared to the little store bought bags. You'll be happy you got it.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Krum-Horticultur...306174006r4744
    Wow that's only a hour from my house. Too bad I didn't find this earlier.

    I know you already got perlite but I would consider sand before styrofoam.

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    You could also use lava rock? I too, noticed the pricing of perlite so I just started throwing in a handful in my pots to mix up. I have an N. Alata which is just growing in straight out of the bag "orchid mix" (without mychorrhizae).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post
    You could also use lava rock? I too, noticed the pricing of perlite so I just started throwing in a handful in my pots to mix up. I have an N. Alata which is just growing in straight out of the bag "orchid mix" (without mychorrhizae).
    Sure, I use lava rock in several of my neps, if the pieces are too large just break them up with a hammer.
    Some days it just isn't worth chewing thru the restraints.

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