Are these aquarium gravel okay for potting mix?

DavidL.caJuly 26, 2014

I finally got my hand on some turface through eBay ($15 shipping for a pound...), so I'm making some new soil. I still couldn't find anything for the gravel part other than aquarium gravel. I found a few unpolished, edgy ones. Do you think these would work? And which one is better?

Gravel #1

Gravel #2

The second one is slightly smaller compared to 1, and have less dust. But I would wash them before use anyway.

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savant

I think the second pack would be better, Some stones in the first one look rather large.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 12:01PM
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cactusmcharris

David,

I'd use the second one over the first, too, but some of the first might be OK.

I know the GTA is a large place, but if you call first to confirm, these two places allegedly have Turface.

PLANT PRODUCTS CO. LTD.

Brampton
(905) 793-7000
www.plantprod.com
MAR-CO CLAY PRODUCTS INC.

Bright
(519) 684-7591

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 1:05PM
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DavidL.ca

Thanks guys! @cactusmcharris I will check those place out, one of the problems is that they probably only sell them in bulk, and I live in apartment so have no space for huge bags like that :(

I repotted 4 plants today and already almost finished all my turface!

Here's my final potting mix. I think it's the best I've done so far... getting there!

I tried to sift out as much bark and twigs as possible. Also get rid of those fines in the perlite.

Repotted plants~ I even redid the moon cactus, this thing better live another year or so!

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 2:19PM
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seedmoney

Kudos, David they look exuberantly happy and healthy.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 2:38PM
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cactusmcharris

David,

Turface comes in roughly 40-50lb bags. Get one or two and you'll have enough for a while. The bags themselves are about as large as a carry-on suitcase.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 2:44PM
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