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I know that annual cornflowers are easy to grow, but as an experiment a few weeks ago I sowed half the seeds into normal MPC and half into a 50/50 mix with perite. The seeds have been in a cold greenhouse since. Today I removed some seedlings to give the others room to grow and it was very obvious that the ones grown in the perlite mix had a much better root system.
What exactly does perlite do?