Ask a Question forum: Where can I get turface in Phila.Suberbs s for potted lemon tree

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Name: Tina Horn
Upper Darby,Pa. (Zone 7a)
Please help my lil Meyer? Lots of ?
Nov 14, 2016 7:26 PM CST
I can't find Turface to help indoor Meyer lemon during indoor ,winter to keep draining & keep root rot from starting ? Is there something I can use tat acts the same waybut I only have one potted lemon ,so I don't need 50lb. Bag ? Anyone know of anything as turface works ? A small bag that's not an arm & a leg? I can't find any or know a good substitute ? I've tried big box stores & local small nurseries? Winter is very hard on my lemon tree since it say don't let soil dry to much to keep fruit & trying to let it dry out as not to get root rot in winter.Suberbs of Phila.past W.Phila.?
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Name: Elaine
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Nov 14, 2016 8:43 PM CST
Tina, someone already answered this question for you in the previous thread you started.

I think the answers were either Perlite which is available at any Lowe's or HD in small bags, or chicken grit.

But you really should go to the other thread and read Rick's dissertation on soils and drainage. You'll learn a lot.

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Name: Sue
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Nov 15, 2016 5:35 AM CST
Welcome! Tina, if you're having trouble navigating the site, here is the other thread:

The thread "1-yr. Meyer lemon tree potted. Really took off!" in Ask a Question forum

If you still really want Turface after reading the responses you can get it on Amazon (I saw two quarts for $9.99) or try the Turface distributor search page although I would assume they carry it in larger quantities than you would need:

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Name: Rj
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Nov 15, 2016 5:55 AM CST
You are very close to Longwood Gardens, Why don't you ask them what they use in their many containerized citrus trees.
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Nov 15, 2016 6:36 AM CST
Substitute for Turface; go to an Auto parts store get the oil absorber you sprinkle on the floor, very cheap

However, go back to the thread sooby gave the link for. It's important to understand the mechanics of well draining soil, and not think you improve bad soil by adding a small amount of something 'good'
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