Vermiculite Adds Aeration & Moisture Retention to Soil as an Additive
Organic Vermiculite by Perfect Plants is a naturally occurring excavated mineral rock that is mined from caves in Russia, South Africa, China, and Brazil.
Vermiculite for plants comes in a heavy resealable bag with 4 or 8 dry quarts of organic matter. This coarse grade vermiculite soil amendment has large pieces that don’t disintegrate.
WHAT IS VERMICULITE?
This vermiculite is a natural hydrous phyllosilicate mineral that does not break down or compost and lasts longer in potting mixes than perlite, which is a volcanic glass that eventually decomposes.
This mineral expands when heated and is commonly used in commercial furnaces. It has the appearance of golden brown flaked nuggets.
This soil additive is the perfect addition to any potted plant or garden soil to help increase aeration within the potting soil. This gives room for the plant’s roots to expand. Allows for proper drainage of excess water especially in containers without drainage holes.
How to Use Vermiculite in the Garden:
Great for use on both indoor and outdoor potted plants. Also makes it excellent for seed germination or starting/rooting new plants. Promotes faster root growth during seed starting due to the ability to perforate the soil and allow room for air, water, and nutrients to penetrate growing roots. Alleviates soil compaction in heavy soils.
This natural vermiculite soil conditioner also helps improve soil moisture retention in potted plants by retaining water where it needs to.
Use vermiculite alone or mixed with peat moss for starting seeds and water retention capabilities. Horticultural grade vermiculite can be used in raised beds, containers, or garden beds to improve the amount of water being distributed to plant’s roots. Helps avoid root rot.
Once your Organic Vermiculite 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.
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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