Plumeria forum: Pumice vs Perlite

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Name: Glenn Graham
Memphis (Zone 7b)
Plumerias
BBQNBLUES
Aug 16, 2018 3:19 PM CST
Just ordered 45# of 3/16" Pumice from http://www.generalpumiceproduc...

Unable to find locally & "WANT" to believe Pumice is better than Perlite in my Plumeria potting mixes... If for no other reason, it _won't float to the surface... Plus help weigh down my 10 gallon squat pots from wind damage..

Do you think I'll need to add sand to the mix too? I'm mixing up a 100 gallon batch using Miracle Grow Cactus mix as the base..


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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Aug 16, 2018 3:28 PM CST
I'd say no sand, Glenn. I like pumice better than perlite too, for the same reasons. I also object to the bright white of perlite. Finding pumice is tough. How was the shipping on it?
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Name: Glenn Graham
Memphis (Zone 7b)
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BBQNBLUES
Aug 16, 2018 3:42 PM CST
plantmanager said:How was the shipping on it?


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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Aug 16, 2018 3:45 PM CST
Wow, I've never found a place like that. Thanks!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Aug 17, 2018 12:48 PM CST
I agree with Karen, I also prefer pumice much more than perlite. And, no to sand as well. nodding

That is a good source of pumice! Thanks for the link Glenn!
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 19, 2018 10:39 AM CST
Thanks for this! I love the idea of adding weight to a pot as my taller pots blow over on occasion. Not fond of the way perlite just never disappears, washing away from pot surfaces, floating here and there. Can you give a gal a clue and tell me approx what 15# of pumice looks like say, compared to a bag of 40# fertilizer? I buy giant bags of perlite at HD and go through 2-3 a year.
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Name: Glenn Graham
Memphis (Zone 7b)
Plumerias
BBQNBLUES
Aug 19, 2018 11:29 AM CST
ShadyGreenThumb said:Can you give a gal a clue and tell me approx what 15# of pumice looks like say, compared to a bag of 40# fertilizer?


From their website, it looks to be around 3 gallons... since it fits in a USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate shipping box.
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Name: Glenn Graham
Memphis (Zone 7b)
Plumerias
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Aug 25, 2018 5:46 PM CST
Just purchased a #12 bag of Lava from Hawaii Smiling since they have a surplus at the moment.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...

I know, I'm going overboard on this Plumeria Mix... but I want my Plumerias to do the Hula. nodding

This will be added to the #45 of Pumice & 50 bags of Miraclegro Cactus Mix for my 10 - Ten Gallon pots.
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tarev
Aug 26, 2018 11:33 AM CST
Looks good Glenn!

I always have to stake my Plumies here, we also get quite windy at times. Do update us how your Plumies go next growing season!
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 26, 2018 8:06 PM CST
I stake leaning branches, as well. How do you stake them in such porous soil?
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