inorganic terrarium medium

nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))May 22, 2013

since the question came up in another thread about kitty litter, I thought I would post a pic of a succulent terrarium that has a similar material in it. Old fashioned kitty litter is sometimes a low fired clay. You can test a bag by submerging a sample in water for 24hrs. If it doesn't turn to muck it will be ok. I use Turface which is calcined clay in a lot of different media not just terrariums. It is a higher grade fired clay than kitty litter, but the principle is the same. It holds a lot of water while maintaining air space.

This is a Haworthia in a mix of gravel and calcined clay.

sorry about the bad pic

This post was edited by nil13 on Wed, May 22, 13 at 21:51

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paul_(z5 MI)

While cacti and succulents are not great candidates for terr culture, you chose wisely with regards to what to use. As Haws do not require intense sun as do most cacti, you will not run the risk of cooking the plant. Overwatering could still be an issue but I can see where your choice of media will help immensely to avoid that. How long have you had this setup?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 1:10PM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

This one has been going only for about 6 months.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 11:12AM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

yes wisely...
well I suppose the road to wisdom is littered with the corpses of plants.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 11:17AM
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