Source for Vermiculite in se PA??

ne23(6)April 29, 2009

I spent ALL day yesterday calling every place I thought might have vermiculite and all I found was one garden center selling it for $23 for 2 cubic feet! I called Hummert's online and they told me shipping would probably be about 4-5 times the cost of the vermiculite. ANYONE know of a source near the mainline Philly suburbs?? Thanks!

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I saw this link on Craigslist for $12.00 - coarse grade -

    Bookmark   April 29, 2009 at 11:38AM
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eaglesgarden(6b - se PA)

I have been looking a little myself. There is an AGWAY in West Chester (not sure where you are located) that has medium vermiculite and coarse perlite. I don't know the price. The individual I spoke to on the phone said that they wouldn't have it in stock until Friday afternoon though!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2009 at 2:22PM
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Thanks Goki and Eaglesgarden. I called the West Chester Agway and they said the medium vermiculite would be $25. Uline in Allentown has vermiculite for packing. I'm pretty sure it's the same stuff. Their price is $23 for 4 cubic feet of course vermiculite and if I don't find a cheaper source soon I think I'm going to go with them. Shipping is about $8 a bag but I live in Havertown and it would have been a bit of a drive to West Chester and I'd rather have the course vermiculite. If anybody knows of a reason to not use the packing vermiculite please let me know. Thanks again!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2009 at 1:13PM
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eaglesgarden(6b - se PA)

So, you are going to pay $31/bag of 4 cu. ft? Why is the price so different around the country?

    Bookmark   April 30, 2009 at 1:34PM
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Yes, it's a 40 min drive for me to West Chester and considering the time and gas and that I'd rather the course grade it's worth the extra $22 for me. (I need 4 bags and shipping is $30.)

I don't know why the price varies so much but it is very frustrating. We did sfg 3 years ago when we lived in Utah and it was much easier to find and much cheaper!

By the way, uline will ship the same day if you get your order in by 6pm and ups estimate delivery time to this area is one day. Another reason why it's worth it to me.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2009 at 2:23PM
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Found another source!

W H Milikowski
38 industrial circle, lancaster

$13.15 4 cu ft course vermiculite

Now that is worth driving for!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2009 at 2:43PM
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eaglesgarden(6b - se PA)

I understand...if my sister-in-law didn't live 5-10 minutes away from the Agway, I probably would too. I would prefer the coarse, but as of right now, I don't think I want to spend that much in SHIPPING. I might just wait a little before making new beds, and see if I can find something a little cheaper in the meantime. If not, Uline should still be in business (fingers crossed!).

    Bookmark   April 30, 2009 at 3:21PM
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eaglesgarden(6b - se PA)

ne 23,

That is a great price. That is not worth driving for by itself, but the food out that way is too good to pass up. I might just have to drive out there and pick some up...then I might get a little hungry and need to stop by a buffet...or two!!!

Thanks for providing the phone #! I plan to call ahead to make sure there is some in stock and on reserve before I head out.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2009 at 4:50PM
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I can vouch for WH Milikowski. I live 20 minutes from them and that's where I got my 4 bags of vermiculite. Hard to beat that price.

Here is a link that might be useful: Luke's SF Victory Garden

    Bookmark   April 30, 2009 at 8:07PM
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It's a bit of a long way to go from Philly, but after calling all over central NJ I finally found 4CF bags of horticultural grade course vermiculite for $14.50 at Bartell Farm & Garden Supplies in Clark, NJ (right off of the GSP, exit 135).

You could also try contacting the manufacturer to see who might carry it locally:

The Schundler Company
150 Whitman Ave
Edison, NJ 08817


    Bookmark   May 2, 2009 at 2:13AM
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I found another one:

Griffin Greenhouse & Nursery Supplies, Inc.
200 Mountain View Road
Morgantown, PA 19543
(610) 286-0046

6 cu ft coarse vermiculite 22.18

I called and they have it in stock.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2009 at 3:22PM
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eaglesgarden(6b - se PA)


great stuff....if I can ask what method of searching are you using???

    Bookmark   May 4, 2009 at 4:24PM
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Ha! Lots and lots of calling. I found the last one in a round about way using the info from sqftsteve. Thank you.:) I'm still hoping I'll find one closer to me before Saturday.

By the way, in case anyone else is looking, the Griffin Greenhouse place has locations in Ewing and Bridgeton NJ as well as NY, CT, MA, ME, VA, TN, and GA. You can find phone #'s here:

    Bookmark   May 4, 2009 at 7:59PM
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