Re: [IGS] Lanky Sumos

Thanks for the advice on soil additives. I am presently experimenting with
crushed brick with some of my cauds. I am going to try and get my hands on
some of the clay spheres. Another thing about vermiculite is that once it
has dried out and collapsed it will form an impenetrable barrier to water.
All the people here at the garden centers throw their hands up when I try to
convince them that vermiculite is BAD. Plus I think remembering that it has
carcenogenic properties when inhaled. But I may be wrong as my memory is
-----Original Message-----
From: Ingrid <alfmike@ALGONET.SE>
Date: Saturday, May 09, 1998 3:40 PM
Subject: Re: Lanky Sumos

>>I, Collin, have been growing only seedlings that I started in a C&S soil,
>>perlite, vermiculite mix. I was planning on a sand and C&S mix with a
>>pumice to grow the adults in but I have not gotten the quick drainage I
>>so I may move to more perlite, in lew of pumice $$$, to quicken the
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Ingrid <alfmike@ALGONET.SE>
>>Date: Wednesday, May 06, 1998 12:48 PM
>>Subject: Re: Lanky Sumos
>>>Just curious, which kind of soil medium do you grow your tuberous
>>>Pelargonium species in?
>Sorry Collin about the mixup.
>Here in Sweden pumice is an arm and leg too....sao I use various
>substitutes with great of my best is crushed 'leca' ie
>artificially expanded clay spheres often used in hydroponics or as a
>building material..crushed it is almost like pumice...use it in its
>spherical form retains of all, it is inert.
>I also use crushed old bricks/pots. They work better than anything. If you
>can get hold of is worth the trouble...even if you crush it
>I have stayed away from perlite for a long tends to float to the
>surface for me, isn't biodegradable...and can get green with algae or just
>adhere to 'anything' due to static electricity.
>Besides, you have the sneeze factor.
>I also stay away from vermiculite except in soilmixes intended for seeds.
>Vermiculite is also artificially expanded and degrades after a few years
>into clay...not a good combination if it is drainage you are after.
>These materials I have mentioned are equal to pumice and cost a good deal
>less, IMHO, FWIW.
>All the best,

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