Return to the Minnesota Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Where to buy large bags of Vermiculite - cheap?

Posted by dianeg-mn Minnesota (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 23, 12 at 10:20

Hi, does anyone know a (preferably cheap) source for large bags of vermiculite in the metro area? I want to try making hypertufa planters this spring. Thanks

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Where to buy large bags of Vermiculite - cheap?

The square foot gardening forum keeps a list of all the places to purchase vermiculite, with a few in Minnesota. I have bought it at Linder's in St. Paul and Anoka Ramsey Farm and Garden. Another place is your local Menards has a product called Sunshine Mica Flakes in the insulation section, which is vermiculite. Some people think it's too fine, but I used it for square foot gardening and was happy with the results. It's made by Sun Gro, the same people who make it for horticulture. If you do a search in the square foot gardening section you'll find lots of posts.

Here is a link that might be useful: Vermiculite Sources in U.S.

RE: Where to buy large bags of Vermiculite - cheap?

BFG Supply in Minneapolis has large bags at a good price.

RE: Where to buy large bags of Vermiculite - cheap?

For what it's worth, I just went to Menards on University Ave in Saint Paul to get vermiculite (based on what I read in the database), but found that the stuff they had in the insulation department was very fine (maybe that's 'medium' grade? Anyhow, it was a sand-like consistency). However, in the garden department they *did* have bags of the coarse stuff - it even says 'for Square Foot Gardening' on the bags! The downside is that it's not the cheapest: $16 for a 1.5 cubic foot bag. I still bought two bags as I was impatient to get started (first garden ever...)

RE: Where to buy large bags of Vermiculite - cheap?

You should be able to go to any lumber/builders supply company and if they don't have it on hand they could order it for you.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Minnesota Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here