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Vermiculite/Perlite ???
    #340300 - 06/13/01 11:52 PM (21 years, 11 months ago)

I apologize in advance for a long rambling question:

I am trying to start on my first cultivation, and I have been reading the different teks (going on the advice of MMGG and PFtek for the first trials). My problem is that I have been to every *-Mart and Home Despot in the area and have been able to secure 1 source of perlite and 0 sources of vermiculite in the area. So here are the questions:

first, may I substitute perlite for vermiculite in the BRF/Verm formula, if so, are the ratios the same?

secondly, can I substitute packing grade vermiculite for horticulture grade? I just received a package at work the other day, which contained a sample that should not be exposed to water vapor (from Alfa Aesar if that helps). The packing resembled the Jiffy Mix potting soil I saw today which had the same looking shit in it. When I read the label, the potting soil said it contained vermiculite. I know vermiculite absorbs H2O, so I am assuming that since they look the same they probably are the same. Any Help here?

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Re: Vermiculite/Perlite ??? [Re: homebrew]
    #340309 - 06/14/01 12:14 AM (21 years, 11 months ago)

Tried a Lowes in your area for vermiculite? They should carry it...they do here anyway.

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Re: Vermiculite/Perlite ??? [Re: homebrew]
    #340334 - 06/14/01 01:03 AM (21 years, 11 months ago)

I have seen perlite sold at lowes just the other day as an additive to paint to give it texture. Be sure to check the paint section of hardware stores.


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