Cheat Sempervivum Gravel

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Posted by @Johannian on
Especially during quarantine, people (at least where I am, in CA) haven't really been able to get to garden centers/nurseries. This was a big deal for me when I got my first sempervivums, because they need a certain type of gravel on top of the soil in order for the leaves not to rot. How did I manage without being able to get the special gravel?

Especially during quarantine, people (at least where I am, in CA) haven't really been able to get to garden centers/nurseries. This was a big deal for me when I got my first sempervivums, because they need a certain type of gravel on top of the soil in order for the leaves not to rot. How did I manage without being able to get the special gravel?
Well, I looked around my gardening stash (the usual tools, soil, mixes, etc.), and saw some gardening perlite. Then, I got an idea!
Why not just substitute perlite for gravel until I can get to the gardening center?
I tried it out, and it works really well!
So, if you don't have gravel for your sempervivums right away, you should totally try this out!
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Comments and Discussion
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Gravel? Really? by rlizzieb1942 Jan 22, 2022 10:13 PM 9
It works! by sedumzz Apr 24, 2021 9:21 AM 0
Chicken grit by jillbolshaw Jul 11, 2020 8:58 AM 5
Thanks by martiinbend Jun 27, 2020 11:12 AM 1
Never used gravel by bobg_44 Jun 27, 2020 11:12 AM 1
Gravel by Ivan_N_Tx Jun 27, 2020 11:07 AM 1

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