Where to buy vermiculite

susan_kc(7b)February 21, 2008

I am having trouble finding vermiculite in my area. I have checked all the major box stores and even my favorite little nursery doesn't have it. Do ya'll buy it from a plant center?

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robitaillenancy1(zone 5)

In Canada we get it in hardware stores. I would think if you have a Walmart, you could find it there or any place that sells plants.


    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 11:49AM
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I bought mine at a store called Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH). It's a hardware store with a plants department. I got African Violet potting soil and Perlite there too.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 12:41PM
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Here they have it at both Lowe's and Home Depot.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2008 at 3:56PM
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Thanks for the thoughts. It must just be this area. I'll have to look around a bit more. Yesterday I did find a mixture of 50/50 peat moss/perlite, but it also had lyme in it, and I figured that probably wouldn't be a good idea. Oh, well.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2008 at 9:23AM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Hi - KC -

check the AV vendors in your area. If your collection is not that huge - may be you just order some premixed soil?

It is correct to add some dolomite to the AV mix to offset the acidity of peat. The question is = who knows how much did they add. Normally the PH of the mix should be about 6.8 plus -minus.

Good luck


Here is a link that might be useful: vendors

    Bookmark   February 22, 2008 at 12:21PM
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Randy Ritchie

I had the same problem here in south FL. Finally found it at HD, but the quantity was way more than I needed and no place to store something that large. I checked Ebay and found just the amount online that I needed. More expensive than the huge bag at the box store, but since it was just a small amount, it was very reasonable.


    Bookmark   February 23, 2008 at 9:00AM
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Thanks all. I found it at Lowe's this weekend. I have never seen it there before--so either I wasn't looking in the right place or it is a recent addition. I was so excited I repotted all my violets this weekend. lol It was definitely time...

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 11:09AM
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It's only available seasonally here in New Hampshire. I have ordered through amazon.com in the winter.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 11:26PM
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