Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Where do you get pumice?

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Name: Paul
southern California
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cahdg6891
Apr 26, 2017 11:13 PM CST
For everyone who uses pumice in their soil mix, where do you buy it from? I've looked all over and can't find it. Or chicken grit, turface, anything besides perlite. Green Grin!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 26, 2017 11:22 PM CST
Chicken grit at your local feed store but be careful as some chicken grit is ground oyster shell, not ground granite.

Pumice at your local gravel, dirt, rock, .... store. I was given a bag of it because I wanted gravel size and they were selling it as 'feather rock' (I had to bag it myself).

You may find the grit at the gravel, dirt, rock place also, called something like DG (decomposed granite). Someplace like this:

http://californiaquarryproduct...
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Name: Paul
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cahdg6891
Apr 26, 2017 11:40 PM CST
Our feed stores around here all carry pigeon grit in giant bags but not chicken grit Glare there are two places about an hour away in either direction but they only have the small 5 lb bags and then only if they special order them.

I know this place Green Grin! would decomposed granite be suitable? I think I read somewhere that it compacts (?).
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Apr 26, 2017 11:53 PM CST
Make sure to buy 'washed' decomposed granite rock. Unwashed leaves the dirt powder which when mixed with soil will cause it to compact. Because somebody gave me the unwashed kind the first time, I now always make sure that the person at the landscape yard bags the 'washed' rocks.
Name: Baja
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Apr 27, 2017 1:19 PM CST

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I get my pumice at the nursery but the distribution does not penetrate a lot of places, so you might not have that option. Consider a product called Dry Stall which you would find in a livestock/feed store maybe. You can pass coarse construction sand through a screen to remove the fines and arrive at a useful size for succulents. Avoid any sand that has wax or additives. Your local aquarium store may stock a good variety of gravel. Look for the kind called cinder rock, or scoria, or lava rock, which functions similarly to pumice. .

Wash whatever you get if there's any doubt.
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Name: Paul
southern California
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cahdg6891
Apr 27, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Awesome. I'll look for Dry Stall. Lots of people here have horses so fingers crossed they will have it. And if not, then I suppose I will just go down and have some decomposed granite delivered. Green Grin! our soil here is mostly deep rocky sand that our local Yucca brevifolia, Larrea tridentata, and Cylindropuntia echinocarpa love, but if you try mixing it into a potting mix, you end up with a pot that ends up holding water instead of letting it drain out. Rolling my eyes. which is too bad, having an endless supply of succulent-ready sand would be fantastic.
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Name: Larry
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ricelg
Apr 27, 2017 10:27 PM CST
I got mine off EBay. Pumice itself wasn't too bad but shipping adds up.
Name: Paul
southern California
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Region: California Herbs
cahdg6891
Apr 27, 2017 11:01 PM CST
Yeah, when I checked it was about $17 shipping for a small bag Blinking

Jasmine
May 2, 2017 7:22 PM CST
50 LB #2 3/16 in. Cherry Stone Grit
http://www.midlandhardware.com...

They take shipping around $15 I think.
Name: Paul
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cahdg6891
May 3, 2017 3:08 PM CST
Awesome, thank you! Green Grin!
Name: tarev
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tarev
May 3, 2017 5:55 PM CST
I got my pumice from nurseries like Armstrong garden, or sometimes at a pottery outlet.

Chicken grit I found at our local Ace Hardware.

One time I was at a farm/poultry store, and looked around for chicken grit. I hesitated to buy it since it does not say if it was insoluble crushed granite, and there was no sample showing either. Some chicken grit has oyster shells, that's not what I needed.

A couple of weeks ago I found red tumbled pebbles, used for landscaping. Size of the rocks was good. I mix it with pumice for my top dressing. Found it again at the pottery outlet.

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plantmanager
May 3, 2017 5:59 PM CST
We just found the good chicken grit at our local Tractor Supply store. Unfortunately they only had it in small bags of about a pound. I wanted a 50 lb bag.
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Name: Paul
southern California
Zone 8B/9A
Region: California Herbs
cahdg6891
May 3, 2017 10:40 PM CST
Tarev, how big and how much is the bag of pumice at Armstrong? I don't go that way often but there is one about an hour and a half from me. I'll have to see if they have it. Fingers crossed for a big inexpensive bag Crossing Fingers!

Our nearest Ace Hardware about 45 minutes away has the small bags of Manna Pro chick grit available for order but the price adds up quickly to buy a bunch of 5 lb bags Sighing! too bad there isn't a 50 lb one!

We have a Tractor Supply Store about an hour away but I have never been down there before. When I checked online it says that the nearest one has 50 lb bags. Hurray! so it seems supplies are available but none close to me. Probably the only bad thing about living in a rural area is having to drive a long way for everything. Takes almost 15 minutes to get to town and 30 to the nearest "real" shopping.
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tarev
May 4, 2017 11:08 AM CST
Hi Paul, the bag of pumice says 8.8 dry quarts, packed by E.B Soil Organics. A fairly small bag, but enough for what I need, sorry I don't remember the price.

That's the poultry grit size I also got from Ace Hardware, packed by Manna, at 5 lbs.

I really try to save my pumice and grits, so I bought this toy beach sand sifter from a dollar store, helps to capture them back when repotting.

Baja, thanks for the product name Dry Stall, I would surely look for it next time we are near a poultry and horse feed store.

JamieLC
Mar 24, 2018 11:36 PM CST
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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Mar 30, 2018 11:36 PM CST
I have ordered from General Pumice Products. I got the 15# bag for $27.00 and free shipping. It is the best deal for me.

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