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!
Delivery time frame for Sydney:
We deliver by hand across Sydney every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Cut off for next day delivery is 5:00pm.
Your delivery will arrive within 2-3 business days after the order is placed.
Cut off for Christmas Hand Delivery Sunday 19th December for Hand Delivery from Monday 20th December.
Delivery locations within a 50km radius of our Newtown studio are eligible for FREE hand delivery on orders over $100. Local area within 5km can enjoy Free Local Delivery service on order over $60
Inner Sydney locations up to 10km from our Newtown Studio and all orders under $50 =$15.00 hand delivery.
All of Greater Sydney between 10km - 25km from our Newtown Studio =$20 shipping, 25km -40km =$30 hand delivery.
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)
If you have specific delivery requirements please advise us, if you don’t advise us and no one is home and it is safe to do so your order will be left in a safe place, if it is unsafe your order will be returned to our Newtown Studio.
Please note: Sydney locations are determined as locations within a 50km radius of our store.
Shipping outside of Sydney
Cut off for Christmas Courier outside of Sydney Sunday 12th December with final orders being sent no later than Wednesday 15th December.
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.
We now offer free National Shipping via Courier for orders over $100, use code- FREESHIPPING at checkout, total order must reach $100 to be eligible.
Please note due to the nature of sending live products and plant care some items may not be available for shipping due to size and weight.
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 once you place an order it is shipped within 2 business days. Please be patient as we are a small business we pack and send to you directly.
We send parcels via courier service Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday to limit the amount of time your plants will spend inside a box during transit. If you place an order Wednesday - Sunday it will be sent on the next parcel pick up days.
It is responsibly to read and understand our policy, we cannot be held responsible for delays to shipping.
Any claims made for orders via Sendle will be reviewed with the help of Sendle however fee's for shipping via Sendle cannot be refunded.
If you have not left instructions or permission to leave the parcel it may be returned for re-delivery, please note we are not responsible for this or will be held liable.
If you have specific requests please contact us directly before placing an order.
Once you've placed an order you will receive a confirmation email of your purchase. If for some reason you don't receive a confirmation please email email@example.com
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