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Diatomite - Small

Small Diatomite *U.S. Quarter shown for reference.

Note: In general, one quart of potting media fills a six inch wide pot, two four inch pots, or half of an eight inch pot with no plant in it.

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Diatomite is a porous rock that is made from fossilized remains of diatoms. It is high in silica, very porous and lightweight. Diatomite is very absorbant and has uneven shape and size which resists overcompaction. As reported in the September 2006 Issue of the AOS Orchids Magazine, diatomite absorbs salt and salt can be injurious to orchid roots. If diatomite is used, be aware that it will retain fertilizer salts and is reported to not respond to conventional leaching/rinsing techniques. If orchid mixes containing diatomite are re-used, we strongly recommend that the mix be thoroughly soaked and drained repeatedly (minimum of 3 times) to make sure salts from fertilizing are no longer embedded in the diatomite. Test for salts before reusing. Some orchid mixes made by other companies are made with heavy concentrations of diatomite, but not mixes from We have never used diatomite in our orchid mixes because we prefer to use ingredients that work for us and have established reputations as safe and healthy for orchids and other prized plants. Diatomite is also valuable for its ability to repel slugs and is suitable for use on orchid benches, humidity trays and the greenhouse floor. Medium Diatomite is also available.

Diatomite - Small: one of the many quality substrates offered by rePotme for orchids, bonsai and all fine plants. We offer it as an individual potting medium, and also in our custom "make your own" Select-A-Blend mix section.

If you would like to have us make you up a custom mix we will make it, pack it and ship it right to your door. Select-A-Blend is unique because we let YOU create a custom potting mix with any combination of 12 quarts from our giant menu of potting media. Try Select-A-Blend the next time you plant or repot. This unique custom mix offering is one-of-a-kind and helps make planting and repotting simple and fun while offering you a myriad of choices of the best possible fresh mediums! Available as an individual media, in a variety of size containers, or as mix --- you decide, and rePotme will deliver it. What could be better?

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