Expanded Shale vs Perlite

jchad214(8a)June 16, 2014

I wonder whether to use expanded shale or perlite to mixed with my organic potted mix. I'm growing Hydrangeas in pots that receive direct sun from sun up till about noon. I'm also getting Air-Pots for my hydrangeas. Does anyone have experience with it? I see lots of cannabis growers using them Air-Pots in there greenhouses environments. I might as well getting Root Pouch which is fabric pots. Not sure which is better.

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lou_midlothian_tx(z8 DFW, Tx)

I prefer expanded shale for growing stuff but I use Perlite to grow seeds in.

I like Roottrapper bags the best of all because of white covering to keep the root system cooler from sun exposure.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 4:53PM
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jchad214(8a)

Thanks Lou for the input. I think I'll grab a 40 lb bag of expanded shale tomorrow so that I can start repotting my plants soon. Regarding the heat, I plan on making some sort of wood skirt to protect the pots :)

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 5:03PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I like expanded shale also . I use it in the garden to help with drainage and holding water in very porous soils. It is good for breaking up clay when used with compost. I also use Pumice in pots for mixing with potting soil for drainage. I get my Pumice at Calahan's feed store (austin) It comes under the name of Dry Stall. They use it in horse stables to keep the floor dry. Great stuff. Hard to find in Texas.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 8:59AM
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jchad214(8a)

I will be using EcoScraps organic potting mix (coir, veggies, compost, bark fine, perlite). I am really worried about overwatering so I was thinking of adding more perlite. Then came across expanded shale idea and they are super cheap in Texas so I was debating. I will give it a try.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 12:51AM
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bossyvossy

Where is it cheap, I live in Houston and it is entirely too expensive as compared with other option, IMO

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 6:54PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

a$14 for 40lbs expanded shale. $19 for 40lbs of Pumice .

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 10:37PM
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jchad214(8a)

Expanded shale is $5.95 for 40 lbs at Home Depot in DFW.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 11:47PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

ES is not available at the HD in Austinâ¦Bummer.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2014 at 10:54AM
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bossyvossy

Wow for 5.95 I will load up next time I'm in big D

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 8:43PM
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jchad214(8a)

Have you tried Cornelius nursery in Houston? They might have it because Calloway's has it here $10 for 40 lbs.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 12:14AM
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bossyvossy

I'll ck it out. Tks. I always forget Cornelius and calloways are connected

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 1:29PM
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