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Thread: do YOU use clay pellets??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fryster View Post
    And, what does having LFS as a top layer do for VFT's and other CP's?? Does it help hold moisture and oxygen in the soil or is it mostly for eye-appeal??(
    As Alexis mentioned, most people use it to improve the aesthetics of the pot. I, on the other hand use it because it provides extra humidity (I have to). I live in a desert and there’s a risk that my plants could dry up with the dry wind, heat, and extra low humidity. I also use a bit more peat in my growing medium in order to allow the pots to retain more water and prevent them from drying out too quickly.
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    I use a layer of lfs on the bottom of most of my pots to prevent soil loss. seems to work well so far.
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    I've used the pellets (Aliflor) at the bottom of orchid & Nep pots, but wouldn't use them for Sarrs & VFTs since I want those to wick up the water. I use a combination of LFS and sponge rock for my CPs and, although, the LFS doesn't look like much at first, it'll often come to life.
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    What is spong rock

    Lava rock?
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    I love fired clay pellets - I use them with everything. I tend to use them in place of perlite, or as a top dressing. To plug the bottom of pots, I usually use rocks, LFS or orchid mix. However, I only use these because I make a point of draining my trays and top watering every so often. Decaying LFS or orchid bark can cause rot or high nutrient levels in stagnant water, and rocks can introduce dissolved solids.
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