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OfflineGernBlanston
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Will perlite work in place of vermiculite?
    #1672534 - 06/30/03 12:05 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

I'm 'bout to work my first ever jars (PF Tek), but am unable to find vermiculite in my neck of the woods.  I have, however, been able to find perlite at the same size/consistence of the verm I was looking for.

Will perlite work with the PF Tek in place of vermiculite?
Thanks :smile:


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Re: Will perlite work in place of vermiculite? [Re: GernBlanston]
    #1672551 - 06/30/03 12:14 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

The answer is no. Perlite is made from volcanic rock and is used to let water run through the medium, or soil, pretty quickly. Vermiculit on the other hand is made of mica and absorbs water and stores it in the soil. Thats why you'll see people mixing them a lot. Hope that helps some. Ive heard of people using chopped up cardboard bits and then boiling it to sterilize it which I did once and it actually worked relatively well.


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Re: Will perlite work in place of vermiculite? [Re: ganjaguru]
    #1672687 - 06/30/03 01:23 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Mixing perlite and brown rice flour causes a chemical reaction that produces a deadly gas.


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Re: Will perlite work in place of vermiculite? [Re: GoodOlBattonAss]
    #1673232 - 06/30/03 06:50 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

You can get vermiculite online from many of the excellent Shroomery sponsers...


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Re: Will perlite work in place of vermiculite? [Re: OJK]
    #1673247 - 06/30/03 06:59 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

check your local flower or plant store, they bot should carry vermiculite


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Re: Will perlite work in place of vermiculite? [Re: GernBlanston]
    #1673333 - 06/30/03 07:55 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Quote:

Will perlite work with the PF Tek in place of vermiculite?
Thanks :smile: 


it's far from ideal, as everyone says, but i've read a few posts from people who did it successfully.


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Re: Will perlite work in place of vermiculite? [Re: GernBlanston]
    #1673341 - 06/30/03 08:02 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Perlite spawn:

120ml water
40 grams perlite
50 grams wheat bran
6 grams gypsum (calcium sulfate)
1.5 grams calcium carbonate

screen the perlite to remove the fine powder and particulates. Fill the container (small mouth) with the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the water and continue mixing until the ingredients are thoroughly moistened. Sterilize for one hour at 15 psi. Inoculate from agar media or syringe.

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Re: Will perlite work in place of vermiculite? [Re: soochi]
    #1673670 - 06/30/03 11:55 AM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Hmmm...  Sounds like I will be better off trying (harder) to find the vermiculite.  I've checked every plant/flower/nursery in my area, to no avail.  Actually, that's not true. I found verm at one place, but it was almost powder fine, and I'm pretty sure that's not going to work.  Looks like I'll be hitting the sponsor pages :smile:

Thanks for the input, all.

Gern


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Re: Will perlite work in place of vermiculite? [Re: GernBlanston]
    #1673684 - 06/30/03 12:04 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

It's impossible to find it in my area too. My poodle orders it from True Value. It's fine grade, cheap price and so is the shipping. Check out the link for more info:

http://www.truevalue.com/index.cfm?action=shoppingProductDetail&intProductID=28181&CFID=1137618&CFTOKEN=51650309


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Re: Will perlite work in place of vermiculite? [Re: searsponcho]
    #1673730 - 06/30/03 12:28 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

Outstanding!  Thanks, SP :smile:

By the way... is that a Sears poncho, or is that a regular poncho?  Hmmm... No foolin?

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Re: Will perlite work in place of vermiculite? [Re: GernBlanston]
    #1673782 - 06/30/03 12:58 PM (13 years, 8 months ago)

LOL :lol: Good Luck!   


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