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Plug plants ,How much perlite to add to multi purpose compost ?

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 23:16

Perlite acts similar to vermiculite.

Where as vermiculite is usually spread on the top of seed compost and the first one or two potting up stages, to improve germination and reduce damping off. Perlite mixed in compost retains moisture by improving aeration and drainage. Roots need air to take up nutrients from the compost and perlite assists with this.  

I use perlite mixed with compost for plants in pots instead of the water retaining granules. Whilst you can get by without it, using it does give plants a better growing media and reduces the need to water pots daily in hot weather. I'm very optomistic, me thinks we will get some warmer weather.  

Shop around, it can be expensive. Wilkinsons are probably one of the cheaper places to buy perlite, I purchase mine at a local nursery at a fraction of the cost in the GC.          

Aldi garden stuff

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 22:44

Bought the capillary matting last year on a roll, it's great you can cut it to fit any sized tray.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 22:32

Started off warm and sunny here.

The lawn got it's first cut and seedlings spent the day in the GH getting heat from the suns rays. By about teatime the sky had clouded over and it's gone very cold again this evening.  

Aldi garden stuff

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 01:11

Can feel a spending free coming on...  

is will you use the extra hour next weekend

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 23:16

Thanks you guy's for the responses, know I'm not the only one having problems now with notifications.  

I tend not to go on line till early evening and seldom go on the long chatty threads as there's usually loads of messages to go through to catch up with the day's events, so wasn't aware other posters were having the same problems. Hopefully they'll be sorted soon.

Buying Plug Plants

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 22:37

Never bought them online as there are far to many plugs in one batch, even 24 plugs would be too many for my garden, as, I'd want to plant them all out and prefer a wider selection of flowers, so buying plugs on line in bulk is a none starter.

This doesn't answer your Q but if not needing a huge amount of plugs have you thought about locating a local nursery to purchase smaller quantities but a wider variety. One nursery near me allows you to buy as many plugs or as little as you like. Can't remember how much per plug but me thinks it was 25p, which would work out at £6 for 24 plugs and you can purchase 24 different one's. Some plugs are slightly more expensive at 50p, for instance fusia's. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 22:05

Woke up to a snow covered car this morning, well not litrally. like I don't park the car in the bedroom or sleep on the pavement but there was a layering of snow on the ground outside.

Chilly and cold out but tropical in the office, this should really be on the rant thread but what is it with people who turn up the heating to full even though there's a thermostat which keeps the heating at a more comfortable level. One day someone had put the electric heater on full and left it on when they left the office. It was like stepping off a plane into the Sahara that day when you walked into the office.      

Offers

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:40

Sounds a good offer but with all the seeds I've sown this year and plants over wintered there wouldn't be room for 24 begonias.

I'd be inclined to purchase one or two good sized plants.  

Plug plants ,How much perlite to add to multi purpose compost ?

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:32

I put alot less in, nearer 25/75. 

Aldi garden stuff

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:27

So tempted to cheat and buy some aubergine and pepper plants. The one's I've sown are so slow and every so tiny. 

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