Perlite p500 coarse
Perlite is the generic name for naturally occurring siliceous volcanic rock.
Our supplier operates their own quarry, in the central North Island of New Zealand as well as importing perlite ore for specific applications from Turkey, Greece and the USA.
The expansion process is caused by the presence of water in the crude rock. When perlite ore is rapidly heated to above 850°c this water vaporises and causes the softened rock to expand. Tiny glass-like bubbles are produced which account for the lightweight and exceptional physical properties of expanded perlite.
So why use Perlite?
Perlite is a natural filtration system, allowing excess water to easily drain away while retaining a little moisture and catching nutrients that plants need to grow. This is especially true in raised beds and container gardens, but also in the ground as well.
Airflow in the soil is greatly improved in a bed amended with perlite, and that’s necessary both for your plant’s roots to breathe and for any worms, beneficial nematodes, and other good natural garden inhabitants. Because it’s a mineral glass and thus harder than the soil around it, it also helps to slow down compaction, and keeps your soil fluffy and lightweight.
What Type of Perlite to Use
People often ask whether you should use coarse perlite as opposed to medium or fine-grade. Coarse perlite has the highest air porosity, so it offers the most drainage capability and ensures the roots of your plants can breathe well. It’s popular among people who grow orchids and succulents, and also people who do a lot of container gardening, as it provides excellent drainage, but the coarser bits don’t work their way to the surface of the soil blend as much as fine perlite does. Larger perlite is also less prone to being caught by a breeze and blown away!
We deliver by hand across Sydney with 2 delivery days, Monday and Friday
- Order on Monday til Thursday = Friday delivery
- Order Friday, Saturday or Sunday = Monday delivery
Delivery locations within a 5km radius of our Newtown studio are eligible for FREE shipping on orders over $50.
Inner Sydney locations up to 10km from our Newtown Studio and all orders under $50 =$15.00 shipping.
All of Greater Sydney between 10km - 20km from our Newtown Studio =$20 shipping, 20km -30km =$30 shipping.
A redelivery fee of $15.00 applies for deliveries scheduled and attempt was made to deliver and delivery was unable to be made. (it is your responsibility to leave clear instructions for our drivers if you have any special requirements)
Please note: Sydney locations are determined as locations within a 30km radius of our store.
Shipping outside of Sydney
Shipping to states including NSW outside of Sydney is available except for NT, WA & TAS as these states have quarantine laws that don't allow us to directly ship there.
Please note due to the nature of sending live products and plant care some items may not be available for shipping.
Plant Daddy has partnered with Sendle to have your plants, pots and plant care delivered to you on time, safe and secure. Once your order has been placed and confirmed you will receive confirmation from Sendle once your order is ready for shipping. Generally if you place an order it is shipped within 1-2 business days. Please be patient as we are a small business we pack and send to you directly.
If you have specific requests please contact us directly before placing an order.
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All customers will be issued with a tax invoice.
The Plant Daddy journey began as a single Philodendron Rojo Congo in an up-cycled pot and has taken us from Newtown Markets to Manly, Moore Park and Summer Hill.
We've recently made the big Daddy decision to open our very first pop-up store in our home town of Newtown - just steps away from where it all started - and launch our online store, delivering lush indoor plants to the people of Sydney.
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