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Egmont Pumice COARSE 5 Litre
Egmont Pumice Propmix comes in either coarse grade (this pack), or fine grade. In the Egmont substrate range there's also Hydromix Perlite Vermiculite Blend, or Perlite or Vermiculite by themselves. All come in this handy 5 litre size.
What are the benefits of pumice?
Pumice is entirely natural, volcanic rock, ready to use straight from the earth. Because it keeps its shape even when soaked in water, adding pumice to your mix keeps soil loose and stops soil compacting.
It adds aeration and improves drainage in any soil mix, and keeps water moving through to prevent substrate (and your plants) becoming waterlogged. Although it's a type of rock, it can hold water thanks to being naturally porous. It holds water roughly twice as long as bark, and releases it slowly and steadily for the roots.
Pumice is heavier than other substrates used for the same purpose (like perlite), so you won't get a white soil surface over time (as perlite has a habit of floating to the surface when you water), and won't lose it over the edge when you water.
How much pumice should I use?
Pumice is a great soil amendment added to make your own custom soil mix, or can be used by itself. It is added to increase drainage, add aeration, and prevent soil compacting when wet.
You'll see a difference by adding as little as 10% to your indoor plant soil mix. For succulents up to half pumice and half potting soil is popular. Cacti and euphorbia increase to around 60% pumice and 40% potting soil. A trick for cuttings that easily rot is to start them off in 100% pumice.
How does pumice compare to perlite and vermiculite?
Pumice is heavier than both perlite and vermiculite, so won't float to the surface of the soil when you water. I'd put it on par with perlite for water-sensitive plants (like succulents or cacti). It doesn't retain or hold as much water as vermiculite. It also won't decompose like other ingredients added for drainage (like coir and rice hulls).
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