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Delramsey
Feb 21, 2018 5:01 PM CST
I want to the feed loft asked for chicken grit That was granite they said they were out but they had pigeon grit said it was the same thing but red I asked if I could see it they said it comes in a white bag now I can't but they sure me that it was granite they loaded it for me when I get home I find the tag that says pigeon grid with vitamins and minerals scared to use it what do you think think it safe for succulents
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 21, 2018 5:40 PM CST
The first ingredient is Calcite, a type of limestone. I wouldn't use it because it may change the pH of your soil and make soil nutrients inaccessible to your plants. It is commonly used as a cheap way of neutralizing acidic soil. I don't think I would want all that other stuff in there either. Take it back.

There are two types of bird grit: Calcite based and granite based. If you are looking for grit for a succulent mix, you can use perlite or pumice (and its a whole lot lighter than granite.

You could also call some landscape supply places and ask for decomposed granite.
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Braidwood il
Delramsey
Feb 21, 2018 6:23 PM CST
Thank you Daisyl for your quick reply i was only going try the chicken grit because i can not find pumice anywhere except on line im glad i waited i didnt think it was the right one but the young Told me that it was pure granite I will be taking it back again thank you
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DaisyI
Feb 21, 2018 6:28 PM CST
Do you have a Home Depot or Lowes? They both carry Perlite (a ground up version of pumice) in big and small bags.
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Braidwood il
Delramsey
Feb 21, 2018 6:55 PM CST
Yes i can get perlite
Name: greene
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greene
Feb 21, 2018 7:03 PM CST
This chicken grit is just granite, nothing else.
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Braidwood il
Delramsey
Feb 21, 2018 7:25 PM CST
Whats your thoughts on turface
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greene
Feb 21, 2018 7:27 PM CST
It might help if we knew what type of plants.
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Braidwood il
Delramsey
Feb 21, 2018 7:29 PM CST
Sempervivum and succulents jades
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greene
Feb 21, 2018 7:30 PM CST
(Oops, sorry, I posted before I had finished; here is the rest of the intended post.)

It might help if we knew what type of plants.

If you start from the homepage and type into the search box, you will get lists...long lists...where each word/ingredient/plant, etc. has been discussed.

Here is an example of one result for the search 'turface':
The thread "Potting Mixes and Difficult Soil" in Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum
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Delramsey
Feb 21, 2018 7:31 PM CST
Ok i will check out sorry
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greene
Feb 21, 2018 7:34 PM CST
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webesemps
Feb 21, 2018 9:37 PM CST
Greene, I'm not familiar with 'turface' and had to look it up myself. It's available on huge webstore and described as:
Turface is a porous ceramic soil conditioner additive for soil
Absorb moisture and prevent soil compaction
Provide passageways for better water drainage and Promotes strong root growth

Not sure I would consider something that is described as "soil conditioner additive" if all I was looking for was rock.
Seems to promise a lot for something that one would only need to help drainage in succulents.
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Frenchy21
Feb 21, 2018 11:15 PM CST
Welcome @Delramsey. Smiling Here is an online link for pumice. That is where I bought mine and its free delivery.
http://www.generalpumiceproduc...
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lauriebasler
Feb 22, 2018 4:14 AM CST
I just got the larger chicken grit from my feed store. It is so much better that perlite. If you have a plant you don't need repot often, the grit will hold up indefinitely. Perlite tends to rise up in the soil over time and it breaks down to dust, It's great for plants that need repotting every year though. And young plants in small pots. Another advantage of the grit is it adds some good weight I love for snake and jade plants.
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