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Retaining Moisture and Nutrients

Vermiculite, a naturally occurring mineral, plays a pivotal role in our soil mix. Like perlite, vermiculite is expanded through heat, but it boasts different properties. Its golden-brown flakes are highly effective in retaining moisture and nutrients, slowly releasing them to plant roots as needed.

One of the most valuable characteristics of vermiculite is its cation exchange capacity (CEC). This property allows vermiculite to hold onto essential nutrients like potassium, calcium, and magnesium, preventing them from washing away during watering. Instead, these nutrients are gradually released, providing a consistent supply to the roots. This slow-release mechanism is particularly beneficial during the critical growth phases of plants.

Vermiculite also complements the drainage and aeration properties of perlite. While perlite ensures excess water drains away, vermiculite retains adequate moisture and creates a buffer against both under and over-watering. This balance is crucial for consistent soil moisture, particularly important for seedlings and plants with delicate root systems.

Moreover, vermiculite is inert, pH-neutral, and sterile, making it a safe and reliable choice for any gardening project. It enhances the overall structure of the soil mix, creating an ideal environment that encourages robust root growth and overall plant health.

By incorporating vermiculite, your soil mix caters to a wide range of plant needs, ensuring that moisture and essential nutrients are available in the right amounts and at the right time.

For more information and application instructions, see our dedicated page to Vermiculite 

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