PLANT!T – Perlite
- Very widely used to improve soil structure
- Holds lots of water on its surface
- Greatly improves drainage
- Helps stop soil-mixes from clumping
- Allows very fast growth and a healthy root system
- Available in 5l, 10l, 25l, 50l & 100l
- Please note 5l, 10l, 25l and 50l will come decanted into black sacks
Perlite has been used by gardeners the world over for many years. When you want to improve the drainage of your chosen media, then use perlite.
PLANT!T® Perlite is a natural, pH neutral, sterile growing medium derived from volcanic rock. When using PLANT!T® Perlite, you can achieve faster germination and striking of cuttings due to superior air to water ratio.
You can use PLANT!T® Perlite to aid in the breaking up of heavy soils. Simple mix with potting soil and it will keep the soil loose and light, allowing air and water to reach roots aiding nutrient uptake and improving plant health and growth. PLANT!T® Perlite is easy and safe to handle, odourless, lightweight and simple to use.
Perlite is an inert medium made from expanded volcanic glass. Perlite granules have a rough porous texture with a huge surface area. Because of this property, perlite can hold a lot of water on its surface. As perlite is granular, it helps to prevent a soil-mix from clumping together and allows water to drain more freely through it.
Perlite can be added to any soil-mix to improve its water retention properties and to help prevent clumping. Perlite is usually added at a rate of 5% to 30% depending on how much-improved drainage is required. To add perlite simply mix it into your soil, stir thoroughly and then use your soil-mix as usual – easy!
- Soil conditioning – increasing aeration and drainage in heavy, hard to manage soils
- Repairing/laying down lawns – gives additional aeration and drainage when raked into spiked holes
- Planting trees and shrubs – loosens and aerates the soil to encourage root development
Conversions: 1 Teaspoon = 5mL | 1 Tablespoon = 15 mL | 1 Ounce = 30mL | 1 Cup = 240 mL
Perlite is an inert, porous, and lightweight substance often used as a hydroponic substrate. Perlite as a grow medium is most recognizable as little white rocks. It’s a type of volcanic glass that, when heated to a certain temperature, expands to several times its size. As perlite is relatively inexpensive and easy to use, it’s a popular option for a grow medium among growers. It can be used on its own or in a mixture with another grow medium.
It’s worth mentioning that perlite is a non-renewable resource which will have some impact on the decision making process for some growers. However, there is a vast global supply of perlite in existence. Perlite as a grow medium is also easy to reuse therefore its longer life cycle is a great benefit when considering environmental impact.
Black Gold’s Perlite product. Image via Sunlight Supply.
Benefits of Perlite
Because perlite is a porous substance it offers both excellent water retention and drainage capabilities – both important in hydroponic gardening. Additionally, perlite also provides proper aeration which is necessary for healthy root growth in plants.
Perlite in an inert and sterile medium which means it’s safe to use without the fear of tracking in pests, which is always the risk with soil. Perlite has a neutral pH level but will take on the acidity or alkalinity of the nutrient solution it’s placed in. Perlite can be washed and dried to be restored back to its 7.0 pH level.
While perlite is the perfect substrate to re-use by washing, it’s also a medium that will not decompose so it’s guaranteed to last for years.
In terms of plant health, perlite as a grow medium strengthens root growth and also acts as a terrific insulator to protect plants from temperature changes.
“This should be a staple for anyone with high-end houseplants. As you more than likely have potting soil, not dirt with worms in it, your soil can get quite compacted and difficult for roots to get moisture. Mix 1 part perlite to 3 parts potting soil when you repot plants for great drainage and soil aeration. Believe me, you’ll notice a difference with perlite in your potting soil!”
“Excellent stuff, I first bought the 10l bag for use with my cacti, but after feeling how lovely the the soil mix was I looked up whether it would be any good for use in my garden as my soil is so heavy and no matter what I’ve done so far it keeps getting compacted and moss keeps forming. So now I bought the 100l bag for the garden. I’ve mixed it with some compost and dug it in to all my borders, the bright white balls don’t look great BUT I’ve already noticed a difference in my plants, I was constantly watering but the water wasn’t getting to the roots of plants because of the compacted soil, since digging this in everywhere my plants have stopped wilting and it has reduced my watering greatly.”
“ Brilliant, goes a long way too. I found it easier to put the required compost & the perlite in a bag together so I could mix them easier otherwise it goes EVERYWHERE. I’d also avoid using it in a high wind unless you want to inhale it but apart from that it’s done the job brilliantly & filled several large pots at a mix of about 70/30.“
Why Choose PLANT!T
PLANT!T® offers a range of products for your indoor and outdoor growing needs. New from PLANT!T® is a range of hydroponic growing systems designed to help you gain optimum results and success.
The PLANT!T® range of hydroponic systems comprises of the PLANT!T® Gemini – a recirculating hydroponic system (a 1 plant system), the PLANT!T® Aeros – an aerated Deep Water Culture hydroponic system (available in 1 plant or 2 plant options and in a 4 plant recirculating option), the PLANT!T® titan, a table-based flood & drain hydroponic system (available in 4 sizes) and the PLANT!T® atlas, a table-based recirculating drip irrigation system (available in 12L pot, 18L pot and dripper only options).
All PLANT!T® hydroponic systems have been designed to the highest specifications to ensure that not only do they perform with excellent results, but they also look stylish too. The range is easy to set up, operate and maintain. PLANT!T® hydroponic systems are suitable for all types of a gardener, including commercial growers, keen hobbyists and even those new to gardening.
All of the PLANT!T® hydroponic systems are designed and manufactured for quick and easy assembly.
With PLANT!T® hydroponic systems, growing bigger and better plants has never been so easy.
Why choose PLANT!T® hydroponic systems:
Stylish design to utilise any given growing space
Manufactured using quality materials
Where to use PLANT!T® hydroponic systems
These systems can be used in commercial greenhouses, nurseries, schools, offices, greenhouses, sheds and at home. They are quiet running and can be placed anywhere in the home such as the kitchen, dining room, hallway, living room or conservatory.