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Pea gravel in pots

Posted by bart1 6/7 Northern VA (My Page) on
Tue, May 17, 11 at 15:10

I have a few extra bags of pea gravel laying around and I was wondering if that would be a good idea (or horrible) for one component of my potting medium?

I'm basing this off of Al's fig mixture where he uses "Truface" which he calls "high-fired clay, almost ceramic" and also "crushed granite poulty grit or #2 cherry stone"

I'm not really familiar with the above items (yet) but do you think pea gravel would be suitable substitute? Or is it too big of a particle size to do what it's supposed to be doing?


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RE: Pea gravel in pots

Hey, Bart!

Pea gravel is *usually* larger than you'd want....however, it can substitute for the granite grit.
On occasion, I've found pea gravel in the 1/8 to 1/4 inch range which was very nice for my mixes.
The other thing to consider is that pea gravel isn't very "sharp." Sharp, irregular grit seems
to be better overall in terms of open drainage and root-development (abrasion).


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