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 Post subject: styrofoam in soil?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:31 pm 
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I recently purchased a small jalapeno plants for the garden. When planting my new veggies, I noticed that the small white balls in the soil were polystyrene (Styrofoam). I originally thought it was horticulture perlite but it was definitely Styrofoam. Since I have always been organic, I was a little frustrated at myself for not noticing.

Is there any benefit to the nursery buying / selling plants with Styrofoam in the soil? Anyone know why the nursery may do this?


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 Post subject: Re: styrofoam in soil?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:26 am 
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No benefit, but perhaps they do it for the look, or likely, for the weight of the plant. If they ship lots of plants at a time, the lighter planting medium may work in their favor.

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 Post subject: Re: styrofoam in soil?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:08 pm 
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I spoke with the nursery this morning and inquired as to the reason. Even though the nursery does not personally add it, they say some of the distributors will add it to the soil to prevent soil compacting.

The plants were very healthy with nice root groiwth, but it was my fault for purchasing the plant if I did not like the styrofoam.


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