Asked by: Shujuan Gomez Chacon
asked in category: General Last Updated: 16th February, 2020

Should I add perlite to Foxfarm soil?

Active Member. I always add a whole extra bag of perlite to any bag of soil, it really improves drainage and help the roots grow faster,. From my experience the roots are also much thicker and whiter probably due to the fact that they get more oxygen and are never "water logged". But it is all personal choice really.

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Likewise, people ask, how much perlite should I add to my soil?

It's recommended to add perlite so it makes up around 10-50% of the total volume of potting mix. Add 10-20% perlite if you want better water retention and don't plan on using a lot of extra nutrients.

Subsequently, question is, is too much perlite bad for plants? Adding Perlite to your mixture helps with drainage. Even half Perlite and half cactus mix would be fine. The only potential problem I could see with adding in so much Perlite is that it is easily crushed over time. However, potting mix in general breaks down over time, so I don't think this will be an issue.

Similarly, it is asked, how much perlite do I add to Happy Frog?

2 gallons of perlite to each bag of happy frog. No need for nutrients until 3rd month or so depending on container size.

Can I use Styrofoam instead of perlite?

Styrofoam as Perlite Substitute. Perlite is exellent for amending soil used for container grown plants and for starting seedlings in a soil or soiless medium. Blending for about 1-2 minutes and then draining in a sieve will give you a nice Perlite substitute. It has the consistency of coarse sand, but very lightweight.

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