What is Perlite?
Perfect Plant’s Organic Perlite is an excavated mineral rock that comes from volcanic rock or glass. It is typically mixed with potting soil to help manage aeration and drainage of soil for potted plants. Is perlite organic? Yes, it comes from the earth!
The mineral has a neutral pH and is light-weight and porous creating air pockets within the soil that alleviate stress on roots and retain water. Perlite has been shown to help maximize root growth while lessening the stress of drainage management for gardeners with containerized plants. Use perlite for growing plants.
Simply mix perlite for plants with a multi-purpose potting mix or seed starter before planting. Perfect Plant’s Perlite comes in a 13×15″ heavy-duty, re-sealable bag — perfect for storage or later use.
What Does Perlite Do?
- BEST GROWING MEDIA for Plants Grown in Containers — Mix With Potting Mix For Best Results
- IMPROVED AERATION of SOIL — Porosity of Perlite Prevents Soil From Compacting
- DRAINAGE MANAGEMENT — Improved Drainage for Potted Plants Grown Indoors and Outdoors and Helps Water Retention
- ROOT ACCESSIBILITY — Surface Area of Perlite Pieces Creates Space for Roots to Expand
- LIGHTWEIGHT — Highly Durable But Does Not Weigh Down Roots, Does Not Decompose
Perlite helps plants build strong root systems. Perfect soil amendment to add to your soil mix or garden beds. Great for growing plants, seed starting and adding to heavy soils to help aerate.
Several of the plants we sell prefer potting soil mixed with perlite for proper drainage. If you are growing an indoor olive tree the soil should be mixed with perlite and sphagnum peat moss for best results. Perlite potting soil is also used exclusively for succulents that like dry, well draining soil.
If you are propagating rooted cuttings, some softwood cuttings prefer perlite to produce roots. Perlite is a very popular growing medium for hydroponics and ebb and flow systems.
Contact us if you would like to know how to use perlite in the garden in other ways.
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Once your Organic Perlite for Plants order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.
Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.
No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.
Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.
We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.
Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?
Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.
Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.
Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!
Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.
Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order and the destination it is being shipped. Please see the chart on the Shipping Info page to get an exact amount. We frequently have a free shipping promotion to help you save!
Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.
Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.
Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.
Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.
A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.
To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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Perlite for blue Berry mix
I used this as part of an acid soil mix for blueberries. So far so good.